The government’s Covid-19 testing capacity rose by 70 percent to 14,500 a day in the second week of May, an official of the pandemic response task force said.

The figure is less than half the 30,000-a-day target by the end of the month.

Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the Covid-19 response, said overall capacity stood at 8,500 in May 2, and ramped up to 14,500 on May 10.

Daily tests conducted reached 8,700 as of May 10 from 5,000 tests on May 2, or a 74-percent increase in the number of tests conducted per day, he said.

“Kahit nakikita natin na gumaganda naman ang ating kapasidad at nakikita natin ang mga numero ay malaki na ang itinataas, hindi pa rin tayo masaya sa mga nagiging resulta natin ngayon. Kailangan ay tuloy-tuloy pa rin po ang pagtatrabaho at pagtutulak na ma-test talaga natin ang ating mga kababayan,” Dizon said in a virtual press briefing.

The government is pursuing a “Test, Trace, and Treat” and targets to achieve a daily testing capacity of up to 30,000 by the end of the month.

There are 30 accredited testing laboratories so far. The government wants to have 66 accredited labs nationwide by end-May

Dizon also said 10,000 overseas Filipino workers and overseas Filipinos were swabbed from May 7 to 12 in quarantine facilities and swabbing centers such as the Palacio de Maynila on Roxas Boulevard, one of the four “mega swabbing centers” in Metro Manila.

The other swabbing centers are at the Enderun Tent in Taguig, Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, and the Philippine Sports Stadium at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. (PressONE.ph)