Manila City Gears Up for Second Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site

Both Manila and non-Manila residents can get tested for free.

(SPOT.ph) Manila City on July 15 launched their own drive-thru COVID-19 testing center in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Lawton. It is free and available to everyone, even non-Manila residents. To intensify their efforts in fighting COVID-19, the local government unit is opening another drive-thru site at Quirino Grandstand in Ermita.

The Manila Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office is working 24/7 to build another testing center at Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
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In a post by Mayor Isko Moreno on July 17, he says: "Hangga't kaya po, libre toits, walang tosgas. Batang Maynila man o hindi, walang pinipili." All you need to bring is a valid ID. Like the testing center in Lawton, the site will receive individuals riding in either motorized and non-motorized vehicles with at least two wheels—bicycles included. Blood samples will be drawn and processed through Manila City's four newly acquired serology testing machines from Abbott Core Laboratory.

On July 15, Manila opened their first drive-thru testing center at Liwasang Bonifacio.
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Both motorized and non-motorized vehicles can pass through the testing site. It is open to residents and non-residents of Manila.
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Testing sites are also available at Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila, and health center in local barangays of Manila.

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According to the Manila Public Information Office, the city has a total of 3,639 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 16. Of these, there are 1,351 active cases.

UPDATED (July 17, 10:30 p.m.): Manila's second drive-thru testing center at the Quirino Grandstand opens on July 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a soft launch. Starting on July 20, it will operate from Monday to Friday.

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