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Guagua mayor says spike in Covid-19 cases due to improved mass testing

Jul 19, 2021 @ 11:59
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Improved mass testing has resulted in the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Guagua town in Pampanga province, according to Guagua Mayor Dante Torres.

According to a Sun Star Pampanga report quoting the mayor’s interview on radio, the Guagua official attributed the increase in incidence of Covid-19 to the local government’s mass testing program.

He noted that earlier this year the municipal government launched its free antigen testing for residents every Tuesday and Thursday.

“Initially, we launched this program so that the direct contacts of our Covid-positive patients can be readily tested and will no longer have to wait for a slot for a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing in our hospitals,” Torres said in the report.

He said the municipal government was spending less because antigen testing was cheaper than the RT-PCR test.

Only those who will yield positive results will be subject to confirmatory RT-PCR test.

As of July 14, Guagua has recorded 1,280 Covid-19 cases, of whom 281 remain active and 910 have recovered. There have been 89 deaths from Covid-19 in the town.

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