Robredo issues call: ramp up testing, contact tracing to check COVID-19 surge 

Published March 27, 2021, 7:13 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo does not mind sounding like a broken record. She reiterated on Saturday, March 27, her call on the government to increase the number of coronavirus tests as the country’s positive cases continue to surge.

Vice President Leni Robredo

Citing the latest Department of Health’s (DOH) social media card, Robredo observed that even doubling the 34,101 COVID-19 tests per day presently being performed “is still not enough.”

The DOH released the latest COVID-19 daily tally of 9,595 new confirmed cases, with national positivity rate of 16.2 percent.

“We need to test so much more.  Test not just those with symptoms or those with known exposure,” Robredo said in a Facebook post.

“We should do aggressive surveillance testing now, specially in NCR(-)plus, where transmission is high,” she added.

The surge in COVID-19 cases this March, which health experts and government officials attributed to the more transmissible variants of the virus, led the government to announce an NCR+ bubble from March 22 to April 4. 

The areas covered by the bubble are Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.

Starting on Monday, March 29, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque announced these will be placed under stricter enhanced community quarantine until Easter Sunday.

The DOH recorded on Saturday 9,595 new coronavirus infections—the second highest single-day increase. The other day, the number of COVID-19 cases was 9,838.

The vice president also urged authorities to do aggressive contract tracing efforts to immediately detect and isolate infected patients.

“Since last year, we’ve been doing monitoring of COVID cases per 100k population by LGU (local government unit). It’s the standard basis of how bad transmission is per LGU,” she said.