68 DOJ employees test positive in coronavirus rapid test

Rambo Talabong
68 DOJ employees test positive in coronavirus rapid test
With a shortage on swab tests for mass testing, the national government and local governments have been relying on rapid antibody tests

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Sunday, June 14, that 68 out of its 536 employees tested positive for the coronavirus after undergoing rapid antibody testing. 

In a text message to reporters, Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that, in addition to the 68, 4 outsourced personnel consisting of security and maintenance workers also tested positive in the rapid test.

They are all based in the main office of the DOJ in Padre Faura, Manila.

Guevarra said “many” of them have undergone swab testing to confirm if they have the virus.

The rapid test only detects antibodies against the coronavirus—which is why it has been described as an unreliable test.

The swab test detects the virus itself and is the “gold standard” for confirming if a person is infected with the coronavirus. (READ: FAST FACTS: What’s the difference between PCR, rapid antibody tests?)

With a shortage on swab tests for mass testing, the national government and local governments have been relying on rapid tests.

As of Saturday, June 13, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 25,392 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 1,074 deaths, and more than 5,000 recoveries. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.