Mass testing for COVID-19 to begin in Valenzuela City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Medical City, the official laboratory partner of Valenzuela City for its "localized, targeted mass testing," got a green light from the Department of Health on Wednesday.

Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian announced in a social media post that the private healthcare facility received its Stage 5 laboratory accreditation from DOH — allowing it to conduct confirmatory tests for patients infected with the coronavirus disease.

He said the mass testing will kick off on Black Saturday.

"Start na po tayo this Saturday! We hit the ground running!" Gatchalian said in a tweet.

[Translation: We'll start this Saturday! We hit the ground running!]

The city mayor earlier stated that testing will be free for all COVID-19 patients under investigation (PUIs), patients under monitoring (PUMs), health workers, and other frontliners.

The public-private mass testing partnership between Valenzuela and The Medical City—which is regarded as the first in the country—was inked on April 3.

The Medical City is now one of the facilities nationwide that can conduct COVID-19 tests.