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Puro salita kulang sa gawa! Vince Dizon admits gov’t still lagging behind in COVID-19 testing

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The Philippines remains far from reaching its goal of conducting 32,000 COVID-19 tests daily even with Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) chief Vince Dizon’s appointment as testing czar.

Dizon practically acknowledged his failure in ramping up the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity as concerns over a potential second wave of infections grow with the shift of Metro Manila and other areas into a more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ).

In an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Dizon said government officials “are not happy” that the country’s actual daily testing capacity is only at 11,000.

“Unfortunately, we’re lagging behind a bit,” he said. “We’re really in a hurry. It’s like a game of catchup. We really have to catch up for lost time.”

Despite his failure to meet the daily testing target, Dizon’s new tall order is to expand the number of testing laboratories in the country to 66 by June to achieve a 50,000 daily testing capacity.

“We have to be ready for capacity to test,” he added.

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