By Jhon Casinas
A total of 55 residents of Mandaluyong City tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) following the conduct of mass testing of persons suspected with the disease in the city.
The City Public Information Office said the number of positive individuals accounts to around 11 percent of the total 510 swab samples taken from suspected COVID-19 cases in the city.
The Mandaluyong City government has recently partnered with the Philippine Red Cross for the conduct of COVID-19 mass testing in the city.
Although there were some who tested positive, most of the persons suspected of having the disease tested negative.
Out of the 510 samples submitted to the humanitarian organization for testing, 455 of them tested negative for the dreaded disease, the Mandaluyong PIO said.
“Ang mga nagnegatibo ay mapapabilang na sa tala ng Cleared Suspects samantalang ang mga nagpositibo, ay mapapasama na sa Active Case (Those who tested negative will now be included in the list of Cleared Suspects, while those who tested positive will now be included in the number of Active Cases.)
The local government said those COVID-19 positive individuals will be strictly monitored by the City Health Department and will also receive assistance.
As of Saturday afternoon, there were 410 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mandaluyong, with 73 recoveries and 36 deaths, the City Health Department said.
The local government credited the high number of COVID-19 cases in the city to the intensified mass testing being conducted in Mandaluyong to persons suspected with the disease.