Singapore will donate thousands of testing kits to the Philippines to aid health officials in responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Sunday, March 22.
Locsin made the announcement on Twitter, saying Singapore pledged to donate 3,000 coronavirus testing kits and one PCR machine, which is needed to process the kits and look for the virus’ genetic material.
In his tweet, Locsin thanked the Singapore government and said he was preparing a memo to the President about the donation.
The additional test kits are expected to aid health workers in testing more people for COVID-19.
On Saturday, March 21, the Department of Health said the country’s accredited testing centers have an average testing capacity of up to 1,000 per day, with the bulk coming from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. For now, the tests will be limited to severe and vulnerable cases, the DOH said.