44% tested positive for COVID-19 in OVP’s 2-day antigen test drive

By LLANESCA T. PANTI, GMA News

Published January 7, 2022 11:12am

A total of 360 of 810 individuals or 44% tested positive for COVID-19 during the two-day free mobile antigen test initiative of Vice President Leni Robredo’s office.

The Swab Cab was held in Quezon City from January 5 to 6, with 169 out of the 400 testing positive during Day 1 and 191 out of 410 testing positive during Day 2, according to the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

The OVP also said there were 94 persons who tested negative on Day 2, but they will undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test because they have COVID-19 symptoms.

With the number of COVID-19 cases rising, Robredo said her office is also reviving its free online telemedicine service dubbed as Bayanihan e-Konsulta.

“Kung meron tayong nararamdaman at gustong ilapit sa doktor, puwede tayong mag-message sa Facebook page ng e-Konsulta para hindi na natin kailangang pumunta pa ng ospital,” Robredo said in a video message.

(If you feel sick and need to consult a doctor, you can send us a message via Facebook for the e-Konsulta.)

Qualified Bayanihan e-Konsulta patients will be given anti-COVID-19 drug molnupiravir, Robredo said.

“You can send us a message and if needed, our volunteer doctors will recommend this drug to you and will be sent to you,” she said.

Robredo then renewed her call for medical and non-medical volunteers for this initiative.

During the last surge in COVID-19 cases, Robredo said 1,078 doctors and 3,156 non-medical volunteers heeded the call.

“We need the same kind of effort now,” she said. —KBK, GMA News

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