‘Unforeseen circumstances’ delay releasing of some COVID-test results by PH Red Cross

Published April 26, 2021, 9:42 AM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Citing “unforeseen circumstances,” the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Monday, April 26, announced that there will be a delay in the releasing of some coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test results.


In a Twitter post, PRC issued an advisory informing concerned individuals and the general public that the releasing of some Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results will be “delayed.”

In the said advisory, PRC announced that some RT-PCR results will not be released on time but did not specify possible reasons for the delay further.

“If you took your test from April 22-24, please check your email for further details,” PRC added.

Concerned individuals were also asked to send an email through [email protected] for inquiries and other clarifications.

Despite the delay in the releasing of some RT-PCR results, the humanitarian organization assured the public that “we will always be for service to you!” The PRC continues to lead the COVID-19 testing in the country since started conducting COVID-19 tests in 2020.

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PRC started conducting COVID-19 swab tests in April last year – processing an average of 9,000 samples per day nationwide. In January 2021, PRC officially rolled out its Saliva RT-PCR testing – which is a first in the country.

As of April 14, 2021, PRC noted that it has conducted a total of 2,535, 583 tests – both RT-PCR swab and saliva tests. PRC was able to conduct swab tests 2,397,993 – which accounts for 24 percent of the country’s output – and 137, 590 saliva tests.

Both swab and saliva RT-PCR tests are available for booking at the PRC official website, https://book.redcross.org.ph/.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon assured that the organization remains committed to saving lives and alleviating human suffering” especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

To address concerns related to COVID-19, the PRC Helpline 1158 is operational 24/7.