Former Pampanga solon wants ban on coronavirus rapid test

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 13 2020 08:12 AM

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Former Pampanga Rep. Anna York Bondoc on Thursday called for a ban on rapid testing for the coronavirus.

The test can yield false positive results that can lead to a 14-day quarantine without pay and discrimination in the community, said Bondoc, a pulmonary doctor and critical care specialist.

Those who get false negative results can further spread the virus, she said.

Dubai, India and 2 states in Australia have prohibited the use of rapid tests for diagnosing coronavirus patients, Bondoc said.

"I'm hoping that the President and the IATF (inter-agency task force) will take a second look at the rapid test and then ipatawag po kami (summon us), let’s talk about it," she told ABS-CBN News' TeleRadyo.

"I do believe that banning rapid test for the diagnosis of acute COVID would be the right step," she added.

Watch her full interview here.

TeleRadyo, Aug. 13, 2020