Marikina COVID-19 testing lab gets DOH approval

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Marikina City's COVID-19 testing laboratory has finally received accreditation from the Department of Health, a health official confirmed on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 30) — Marikina City's COVID-19 testing laboratory has finally received accreditation from the Department of Health, a health official confirmed on Thursday.

Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergeire said the facility may start operations tomorrow, Friday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 testing centers in the country to 20.

She added that there is still no updated total testing capacity since the laboratory just got approved. As of recent data, the country's testing facilities can conduct 6,420 tests per day.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro earlier said the city's testing center can process 400 samples daily.

This new development caps off Marikina's long battle of building a COVID-19 laboratory, after a few rejections from the DOH.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro proposed for a local testing center as early as March, but the agency turned it down due to space and biosafety issues. After another attempt, DOH then held off operations of the second proposed facility, saying its personnel still needed to be trained. Teodoro earlier made it known that he would proceed with operations even without the DOH's approval, and he was ready to face any legal consequences.