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Despite lack of DOH guidelines, Duterte orders purchase of COVID-19 rapid test kits

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:00 AM

'I will take the risk…I'm clearing the way by ordering the purchase,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with some members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 13, 2020. Malacañang photo

DOH tasked to set guidelines on use of coronavirus rapid test kits

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:41 PM

These rapid test kits check blood samples for antibodies, while PCR-based test kits use swab samples from patients to detect the coronavirus

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DOH: Faulty coronavirus test kits 'from private foundation,' not China

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The Department of Health, which earlier said it discarded test kits from China with poor accuracy, does not name the 'private foundation' it is now pointing to as the source

CHINA DONATION. Thousands of aid packages donated by the People's Republic of China are unloaded at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. The donation includes assorted medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and testing kits for coronavirus. Palace photo

Coronavirus test kits pour off South Korean production line

Mar 27, 2020 - 8:00 PM

One company in South Korea is now making 350,000 coronavirus test kits a day, with plans to ramp up production further

Sample testing devices used in diagnosing the COVID-19 novel coronavirus are checked on a production line as they are prepared to be included in testing kits for shipment at the SD Biosensor bio-diagnostic company near Cheongju, south of Seoul on March 27, 2020. - SD Biosensor is one of five companies in South Korea -- which appears to have brought its epidemic under control with a huge "trace, test and treat" effort -- making diagnostic tests for the COVID-19 virus. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

U.P. coronavirus test kit gov't validation will take 2-3 weeks

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The test kit developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines is capable of fast detection of the coronavirus in samples taken from patients

Dr. Raul V. Destura, Deputy Executive Director of Philippine Genome Center show sample of the UP developed Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT-PCR Detection Kit at a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Even with new kits, testing capacity still limited to severe cases

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:51 PM

With the arrival of 100,000 test kits donated by other countries, the DOH says the next few days would see the 'true' increase of confirmed coronavirus cases

CORONAVIRUS. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte asks NPA for ceasefire during coronavirus lockdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 7:36 AM

The President sees the police and military on the frontlines of the Luzon-wide ‘enhanced community quarantine,’ and asks communist rebels for a halt in hostilities

SOLDIERS. Military contingents provided a support role to the Police in enforcing a "community quarantine" of Metro Manila on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Thousands of coronavirus test kits coming in from South Korea, China

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:45 AM

Getting more people tested for the virus is crucial in preventing it from spreading further

PANDEMIC. A health worker at the Quezon City General Hospital prepares an solation tent for novel coronavirus patients on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. coronavirus test kits still need gov't validation, no mass use yet

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:56 PM

FDA chief Eric Domingo says the coronavirus detection kits developed by UP scientists will first undergo field testing on March 16

FASTER, CHEAPER. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit presented to the media during a press briefing held at the Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler