The government set to conduct 10 million tests to cover the rest of the frontliners and those asymptomatic amid the efforts to contain the COVID-19 in the country.
Approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the National Task Force (NTF) recommended the expanded testing on the government’s coronavirus response in coordination with the Department of Health-Technical Advisory Group and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
The NTF, along with the health department, will prepare and finalize the new testing guidelines.
“The tests will include not only the symptomatic and those with close contacts with COVID-19 patients but also the asymptomatic. Other frontliners like the media may also be covered,” divulged Presidential spokesman Harry Roque.
The government planned to test overseas Filipinos, locally stranded individuals, and inter-island travelers from hotspot areas before crossing the country’s borders under the expanded testing program.
The testing program may also covered those working in transport and logistics, security and sanitation, education, food and non-food retail, services, and market vendors.
As of July 2, the country has recorded 40,336 cases of coronavirus, with 11,073 recoveries and 1,280 deaths.