Salceda on Covid-19 testing in PH: ‘We’re doing so-so’
Albay Rep. Joey Salceda on Monday assured the Cabinet that the House of Representatives is prepared to authorize the allotment of additional resources for testing, tracing, and preparing hospitals for surge capacity, amid reports of increasing Covid-19 cases.
He noted the “record-high” 2,234 new daily cases recorded on Sunday.
The House tax panel chair and economic stimulus cluster chair said his office has been studying testing and tracing data for months now, and continually monitoring Covid-19 numbers.
“My office has studied the daily testing rates, and we always fall in between the 10 percent positive rate that Harvard public health experts identified as the ceiling to determine whether a country is doing enough tests, and the 3 percent gold standard for testing that South Korea set,” he said.
“So we’re doing so-so, and can do better. We are prepared to take up proposals from the Executive to help us improve these numbers,” Salceda said.
“I also had conversations with the Testing, Tracing, and Treatment Chief, Secretary Vince Dizon, some days ago, and he assured me that there will be mass testing sites that will be open to the public soon,” he said.
“I suggest that these be implemented in areas of strategic economic importance – NCR, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao – as soon as possible,” Salceda said.