The Manila City government will buy another COVID-19 serology testing machine to boost its mass testing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso announced this during a Facebook Live broadcast on Monday as more COVID-19 cases were being identified and isolated in the nation's capital.
The city government has three COVID-19 serology testing machines from American health care firm Abbott as of Monday. Each machine is able to process 5,600 tests a week.
With another machine to be procured by the local government, Domagoso said all four machines combined will be capable of processing 89,600 tests a month.
As of Monday, July 13, the Manila Health Department recorded about 1,373 active COVID-19 cases, 1,858 recoveries and 176 deaths.
Meanwhile, a total 1,858 Manila City residents already recovered from COVID-19, while 176 died as of July 13, the Manila Public Information Officer said on Tuesday.
Some 1,373 Manilenos were identified as confirmed cases after the Manila Health Department recorded 159 new active cases.
About 443 residents were also tagged as “suspects” while 57 residents were tagged as “probable.” Willie Casas