MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday confirmed it has received the test kits for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine from Singapore.
In a statement, the DFA said the donation was turned over by Singaporean Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
The simple turnover ceremony was joined by Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Deputy Chief of Mission Zhou Suli.
The test kits and PCR machine were turned over following the signing of deed of donation at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore on Monday, March 23, the DFA said.
Locsin earlier said that Singapore will be sending some 3,000 test kits and a machine to help local health authorities detect novel coronavirus cases.
The Philippine government has sought to boost its supply of test kits, protective equipment and mask as it fights to curb the increasing cases of COVID-19.
Aside from Singapore, China also donated thousands of test kits, surgical masks and personal protective equipment which already arrived in Manila last Saturday.
As of Tuesday, the Philippines has recorded 552 confirmed infections, with 35 deaths and 20 recoveries.
President Rodrigo Duterte has placed the country under a state of calamity, and declared a month-long Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to curtail the spread of the virus.
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