AT least 15,000 market vendors, public utility vehicle drivers and employees of hotels, restaurants, and malls have undergone free COVID-19 swab tests offered by the city government to help curb the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Data from the Manila health department showed that 15,755 individuals belonging from those sectors have been tested since the program was launched on September 30.
Meanwhile, 47,585 individuals have undergone the RT-PCR tests in the six city-operated hospitals namely Ospital ng Maynila, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Tondo, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital and the Sta. Ana Hospital.
Earlier, Mayor Isko Moreno said the conduct of the swab test for essential workers, apart from the one for the general public, was part of the city’s inclusive approach to beat the pandemic.
This, he added, means that even if the members of the said sectors were not residents of the city, they can still avail of the swab test for free.