Mactan-Cebu airport opens first PH COVID-19 airport lab

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — Mactan-Cebu International Airport has begun its operations as the first airport in the country equipped with COVID-19 laboratory.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), in partnership with the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), has opened a 400-sqm. laboratory that can process 1,500 to 3,000 RT-PCR tests a day.

This move is in compliance with a directive by Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade for airports to have a molecular laboratory.

“We immediately embarked on the ambitious project of putting up the fastest built and accredited molecular laboratory with the capability to do mass testing and generate results in the quickest possible time,” MCIAA General Manager and CEO Atty. Steve Dicdican said on Saturday.

The Philippines has recorded 54,222 COVID-19 cases to date, with 1,387 newly reported cases on Saturday. A total of 1,372 have died while 14,037 have recovered from the disease — the largest number of recoveries in a day.