RITM increases capacity to 1,000 COVID-19 tests per day

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The public can expect more COVID-19 test results as the country’s primary testing center for the coronavirus disease can now conduct up to 1,000 tests per day, the Department of Health said Saturday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 28) — The public can expect more COVID-19 test results as the country’s primary testing center for the coronavirus disease can now conduct up to 1,000 tests per day, the Department of Health said Saturday.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) initially could only conduct up to 600 tests per day. The institute has since processed about 2,147 tests out of over 4,000 specimens collected as of Thursday.

"Ang RITM naman po ay tumaas na po ang kanilang kapasidad at ngayon po ay nakakapagtest na ng mga 900 to 1,000 tests kada araw," said Health Spokesperson Maria Vergeire in a press briefing.

[Translation: The RITM has increased its capacity and can now conduct 900 to 1,000 tests per day]

This comes as the four subnational laboratories that started testing last week received their certification from RITM to fully implement COVID-19 tests.

The Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and the Southern Philippines Medical Center will no longer have to send coronavirus samples to the RITM for validation and can now provide test results on their own. Each laboratory can administer 80 to 160 tests a day, Vergeire said.

Asahan po natin sa darating na linggo at darating na mga araw tataas na ang magagawang testing,” she said.

[Translation: We can expect in the coming days that the number of tests conducted will increase.]

The Lung Center of the Philippines is also up for certification on March 30, the spokesperson added.

Vergeire also reiterated that 30 other laboratories are in the process of assessing if they can start conducting COVID-19 tests.

The country’s COVID-19 tally breached the 1000th mark on Saturday after documenting a record-high of 272 cases in one day. The death toll has also risen to 68, while 35 have recovered.