Spike in Calabarzon cases seen as Cavite readies COVID-19 testing center – governor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 7)— Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said Region 4A or Calabarzon can expect a huge spike in COVID-19 cases within the next few weeks as the province's own testing center gears up for operations.

Remula told CNN Philippines that the facility at the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute is already one step away from full accreditation, with the local government expecting to receive the green light by the end of the week.

"Best efforts according to De La Salle Health Sciences is maybe Friday or Saturday," Remulla said in an interview with The Source on Tuesday.

Remulla said once the facility begins its services, all patients under investigation (PUIs) in Cavite will be tested in around three days. Afterwards, the center will begin to branch out and collect tests from the nearby provinces south of Manila.

"After that, we'll include everyone from Rizal, Quezon, Batangas, and Laguna. We will test their PUIs as well. So you have to expect the curve in Calabrzon to have a spike from now that we have maybe 400 amongst the four provinces, it will spike up to maybe 3,000 in one week," he added.

As of Tuesday, Cavite has recorded 75 cases of the highly-contagious disease.

In total, the whole of Southern Tagalog has logged over 300 positive cases of COVID-19.

Nationally, the Philippines has reported 3,660 cases of the infectious disease, including 163 fatalities and 73 recoveries.

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa conducts the most number of coronavirus tests in a day. Select government-run institutions and private hospitals in other parts of the country have also been tapped to test samples.