Free coronavirus testing for 60,000 Grab drivers, delivery riders

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 30) — Tens of thousands of drivers and delivery riders of ride-hailing firm Grab could now get tested for coronavirus at no cost, Philippines' testing czar Vince Dizon said Thursday.

Dizon said the free COVID-19 testing for 60,000 Grab drivers and riders is part of their 'expanded targeted testing’ initiative and will be covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

The drivers and riders may proceed to the the RT-PCR testing site of Grab in Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City to get tested.

Dizon said the swab samples of the driver-partners of the company will be processed by the Philippine Red Cross, an accredited COVID-19 testing center.

In the same briefing, Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said the firm will also offer up to P10,000 in aid to drivers or riders who tested positive and cannot go to work due to the mandatory two-week quarantine.