As the number of COVID-19 cases increased, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Senator Richard Gordon appealed to local chief executives to have their constituents tested for the virus.
Sen. Gordon pointed out that early detection and isolation of probable and positive COVID-19 cases are vital in controlling the spread of the virus in communities
Citing a World Health Organization (WHO) Report, the Senator said that only less than 1% have been tested for the virus – far from the 13% recommendation by the WHO.
"The number of cases in our country are increasing everyday and it is alarming since there is no available vaccine for COVID yet. What we can do now is to set a clear policy on containing the virus. We should conduct a massive testing especially in Metro Manila since the epicenter is here. So, I urge our mayors and other officials of local government units to have their constituents tested," Sen. Gordon said.
Sen, Gordon shared that Caloocan, Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Makati, Parañaque, San Juan, Navotas, Pasay and Las Piñas have signed agreements with the Philippine Red Cross and called on other NCR LGUs to ramp up efforts of COVID-19 testing.
The Philippine Red Cross reported that it has conducted around 167,000 COVID-19 tests which represents 24% of the total tests conducted in the country.
The Department of Health has reported close to 38,000 COVID-19 cases as of June 30.
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