Manila Starts Free Drive Thru RT-PCR Swab Tests

100 tests per day.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

The City of Manila said it would start on Monday, January 18, free drive thru swab testing for COVID-19, accompanying its efforts to secure vaccines with aggressive testing.

Up to 100 RT-PCR tests will be done everyday at the Quirino Grandstand from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be strictly by appointment, the city government said on Facebook.

Those who wish to book a tests should contact the following numbers: 09052423327, 09983226367, 09636023177 and 09555875976


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The RT-PCR is the most definitive test for COVID-19, according to health authorities. It involves getting samples from the mouth and nose using a long cotton swab.

The Philippine Red Cross, among the largest providers of RT-PCR testing, is pushing for a saliva-based method that is cheaper and faster.


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