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  • In this July 15, 2020 photo, Manila City health personnel perform drive-thru rapid COVID-19 tests for free.
    PHOTO BY Jerome Ascano

    Mayor Isko Moreno said he opened Manila's COVID-19 drive-thru rapid testing to help people deal with the anxiety over the infection status. The service is free for everyone with a government ID, even if you're a Makatizen or a Mandaleno.

    Manila's testing center is located at the Andres Bonifacio Monument, in front of  City Hall and comes after several major hospitals  in Metro Manila offered similar drive-tru testing, for both the rapid and conclusive kinds.

    From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., residents and non-residents can drop by to have their blood samples taken by the Manila Health Department. These will be brought to the Ospital ng Maynila to be tested using Abbott's Architect i1000SR — all for free.

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    "Isa sa mga naisip namin ay sawatahin ang pangamba, bigyan kayo ng kapanatagan, magkaroon kayo ng peace of mind," Moreno said in a Facebook video.

    "We will utilize the recently-purchased machines. These have accuracy of 99.6% for specificity and 100% for sensitivity. This is part of our continuing massive testing, including every driving Manileño who will pass by Lawton."

    Manila City had opened a second drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Quirino Grandstand. Walk-in individuals can also have their free COVID-19 rapid test at the Ospital ng Sampaloc. 

    Learn more about Manila's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site here:

    This story originally appeared on Reportr.World.

    Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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