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‘Drive through’ COVID-19 saliva check launched at Robinsons

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Shiela Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – February 18, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — To scale up the nation’s testing capability in opposition to COVID-19, the Philippine Purple Cross (PRC) yesterday launched “drive through” saliva testing in Robinsons malls.

Underneath the memorandum of settlement signed between PRC chairman Richard Gordon and Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC), the Purple Cross will set up “drive through” saliva assortment websites at 15 Robinsons malls nationwide.

“PRC has pursued a wider availability of saliva RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain response) exams for being a non-invasive, faster and quicker various in COVID-19 testing. This endeavor will probably be useful for the employees and college students who’re striving to get examined rapidly and get again to their work, research and their lives,” Gordon stated.

Twelve PRC chapters will probably be mobilized to man the testing websites within the following Robinsons malls: Angeles Metropolis and Starmills in Pampanga; Luisita in Tarlac Metropolis; Metro East, Novaliches, Otis, Malabon in Metro Manila; and the cities of Antipolo, Lipa, Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod, Iligan and Santiago.

Every web site can accommodate three individuals each 10 minutes. Saliva testing at present prices P2,000 however PRC stated costs could be lowered if many individuals will probably be examined.

Saliva, as a specimen for COVID-19 testing, is “non-invasive” in comparison with swab testing as a result of it solely requires an individual to spit saliva into a group tube.

PRC started saliva testing in its Metro Manila laboratories final month after getting approval from the Division of Well being.

Extra exams will probably be rolled out in 10 provincial molecular laboratories later this month.  – Neil Jayson Servallos

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