Manila suspends walk-in, drive-thru COVID-19 testing amid Typhoon ‘Rolly’

Published November 1, 2020, 5:16 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The free serology testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city of Manila has been  suspended starting Monday, (Nov 2) due to Typhoon “Rolly.”

(JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The walk-in testing centers at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Tondo, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc and Ospital ng Maynila and the drive-thru testing center at the Quirino Grandstand will not operate for the meantime, according to the local government.

The city health department said the move is “to ensure the safety” of those availing of the free tests from the onslaught of the typhoon.

But the free swab testing of market vendors, hotel employees, mall workers and public transport drivers will continue.

“Sa ilalim ng programang ito, mismong MHD medical teams ang pumupunta sa mga pasyente para kuhanan sila ng swab samples (Under this program, the health department will personally take swab samples of patients),” the local government said.

 
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