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DOH: 59 labs now licensed for COVID-19 testing

There are now 59 laboratories nationwide licensed to conduct independent testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.

In its daily COVID-19 report, the DOH said there are 44 accredited polymerase chain reaction facilities and 15 GeneXpert laboratories.

The latest institutions to be certified were the Green City Medical Center and the Northern Mindanao TB Regional Center.

There are also 151 other laboratories undergoing the five-step accreditation process.

Of this number, 125 or 83 percent are already on Stage 3 or above.

The licensed laboratories have tested 467,564 individuals as of June 13, 7 percent of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

The Philippines has recorded 25,930 COVID-19 cases with 5,954 recoveries and 1,088 deaths as of Sunday afternoon. — DVM, GMA News