A total of 427 workers were given free swab tests by the Manila city government on Tuesday.
The Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said some of those who were scheduled to undergo testing that day were no-shows. They include 96 members of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), 48 public market vendors, two employees of Lucky Chinatown Mall, and an employee of Robinsons Place Manila.
Those who were not able to avail of the free swab tests on Tuesday will be given a new schedule, the MPIO said.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso had earlier said they are targeting to test 900 individuals on Tuesday.
The city government on Tuesday gave free swab tests to vendors, drivers, and employees of mall, restaurants, and hotels at Pritil Market in Tondo, Baseco Covered Court in Port Area, Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita, Lucky Chinatown Mall in Binondo, SM City Manila in Ermita, and SM City San Lazaro in Sta. Cruz.
This is in line with Domagoso’s Executive Order No. 49, that states that members of the capital city’s working class will be given free swab tests to ensure their safety from the threat of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), as well as those of the consumers.
The Manila mayor said this will not only help in protecting the lives of the people, it will also help restart the local economy.
He also ordered that swab tests be given to the workers for free.
The specimens collected in the free mass swab testing operations were sent to the city’s second and newly opened molecular laboratory at Sta. Ana Hospital which can process up to 1,000 swab tests per day.
The results of the swab tests will be released after 24 to 48 hours. Symptomatic patients were told to undergo quarantine until the release of their test results.