Local scientist group contradicts Roque's claim on reaching the 30,000-target testing capacity

Presidential spokesperson Roque said: 'Naabot na po natin ang ating target na 30,000 PCR tests per day.' However, DOH spokesperson Vergeire said: 'We are averaging about 8,500 to 9,500 tests for the past week.'

5/28/2020 9:03:00 AM

Presidential spokesperson Roque said: 'Naabot na po natin ang ating target na 30,000 PCR tests per day.' However, DOH spokesperson Vergeire said: 'We are averaging about 8,500 to 9,500 tests for the past week.'

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque‘s claim that the country reached a 30,000 per day testing capacity is merely theoretically, local scientists said, calling the figure “misleading.” In his virtual press briefing on Monday, Roque claimed that the country managed to reach and went over the target testing capacity on May 20 with 32,100 tests per day. The target number was 30,000 tests per day by the end of …

,” if he was referring to the actual number of individuals tested or the number of teststhat can be conducted.Guido also retweeted a graph of the number of tests being conducted daily.“When we say 30k is the target by end of May, do we refer to unique individuals tested or number or tests or testing capacity? And if testing capacity is 30k, then why are we only testing less than 12k? Because it’s clear then that resources are not maximized,” he said on Twitter.

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