DOH denies giving special treatment in conduct of tests for COVID-19

(Eagle News)– The Department of Health on Monday, March 23, denied it was prioritizing politicians in the testing for coronavirus disease 2019.

In a radio interview, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there were still many officials who wanted to be tested but had to wait in line.

She said most of those who were tested were qualified for testing in the first place: They had a travel history and had exposure to COVID-19 cases.

Others, she said were a matter of “national security.”

“Meron naman po talagang mga tao na iti-test namin talaga because of national security reasons, high officials in the government na specific lang. I am not saying everybody,” she said.

The Philippines has over 300 COVID-19 cases so far.