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E. Visayas COVID-19 lab can now test 500-700 samples a day

Philippine Information Agency
03 Jun 2020, 09:38 GMT+10

TACLOBAN CITY, June 2 (PIA) -- The Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center has now the capacity to test 500 to 700 samples a day for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This was disclosed by Assistant Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino of the Department of Health in Region 8 (DOH-8) in a Virtual Presser on Tuesday with the installation of the automated extraction machine in addition to the two PCR machines at the Eastern Visayas Regional COVID-19 Testing Center (EVRCTC).

"We already have two functional PCR machines and the automated extraction machine has been installed which means that in the region we can now process more samples every day," Sabalberino said.

She added, "If the processing of samples before takes four hours, now it would only take less than an hour since it is already automated."

In the previous month, the laboratory can only process a maximum of 93 samples a day.

"It's a lot of help in terms of improving the turnaround time in releasing the laboratory results," Sabalberino said.

Meanwhile, Sabalberino informed that while there are enough test kits at the moment ready for returning Overseas Filipino Workers, Locally Stranded Individuals, and Balik Probinsya individuals, the health department still appeals to local chief executives to help augment the testing kits for continuous and uninterrupted operations of the regional laboratory.

As of June 2, DOH-8 confirmed three additional COVID-19 cases which brings the total number of cases in the region to 43 with 25 recoveries and zero death. (ldl/cba/PIA8)

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