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The Philippines reported fewer coronavirus cases this week amid test delays, with the Red Cross suspending most of its Covid-19 operations after it was not paid for by the state health insurer.
Authorities reported nearly 1,500 new cases on Wednesday – the lowest of 1,442 on July 20 – with daily numbers below 2,000 in the past three days, according to data collected by Bloomberg. Test samples dropped to almost half of the daily target of 30,000 earlier this week, according to the health ministry.
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Last week, the Philippine Red Cross, which accounts for a quarter of the country’s test results, said so. discontinuation of coronavirus tests that are charged on Philippine Health Insurance Corp. due to nearly 1 billion pesos ($ 20.6 million) in unpaid bills. These include tests conducted on thousands of Filipino workers returning from abroad.
The impasse has caused narrow place in the country’s testing capacity and has affected the daily production of laboratories, BusinessMirror reported, citing Deputy Health Minister Maria Rosario Vergeire.