ANTIGEN TEST EYED AS CLEARANCE IN TOURISM ALTERNATIVE IN HIGH-RISK AREAS WITH OUT RT-PCR TEST
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Monday said antigen testing is being considered to be used as a clearance for tourists, as well as an alternative in areas without RT-PCR testing available.
According to Nograles, the government is still waiting for the results from the pilot run of antigen testing in Baguio City.
“May great implication ‘yun. What has been decided, though, as possibility of using the antigen, is doon sa areas na hindi accessible ang RT-PCR test na mataas ang level of COVID infection,” he said.
However, Nograles noted that the protocols in using antigen tests are not yet finalized.
In September, the Department of Tourism mulled using rapid antigen testing but only for airplane passengers before taking their flights as a measure to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said they prefer the rapid antigen since its results will come out only after a few minutes, faster than the results from RT-PCR testing.