Cavite opens COVID-19 testing center, starts mass testing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — More cases of the coronavirus disease in Cavite and nearby areas can be expected in the next few days and weeks as the province’s COVID-19 testing center gets the green light to start operations, Governor Jonvic Remulla said Tuesday.

The governor said the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Dasmarinas City is ready to accept patients after receiving full accreditation from the Department of Health.

“Expect the positive cases to increase but also expect the spread of the virus to decrease,” said Remulla.

However, the patients must not go directly to the laboratory since testing will take place in designated areas.

He added that mass testing for suspect COVID-19 cases has already begun in the province. The cities of Bacoor, Imus and Dasmarinas have scheduled testing today.

Cavite's capacity to do tests has also increased because the province now has three polymerase chain reaction machines from one earlier. That means patients can expect results within 24 to 48 hours, Remulla explained.

"Ibig sabihin ay mas mabilis ang serbisyo natin para maibukod at pagalingin ang Covid-19 positive,” he said.

[Translation: This means a faster way to isolate and cure those who are Covid-19 positive.]

More testing phases are also expected tomorrow, the governor added. As of April 10, Cavite had 97 confirmed cases.

Earlier, Remulla said the testing center will also cover other provinces south of Manila.