By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Manila city government on Thursday (June 11) opened its final quarantine facility for suspect and probable coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Elementary School in Tondo.
The isolation facility, the twelfth opened by the city government, has eight tents with a total capacity of 48 beds.
The city government built the 11 other quarantine facilities at T. Paez, P. Gomez, C. Arellano, Dapitan, Bacood, Tondo Sports Complex, Patricia Sports Complex, Araullo, Tondo, G. Del Pilar, and San Andres Sports Complex.
These have a total capacity of over 500 beds, exceeding the city government’s target.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso earlier said they are building the isolation facilities as they expect a surge in COVID-19 patients with the relaxing of the community quarantine.
These facilities will cater to those who tested positive for the disease using rapid test kits, and also those who tested negative but displayed symptoms of COVID-19, he said.
Data from the city government showed that there are 1,692 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city, with 501 recoveries and 108 deaths as of Wednesday noon.
There are also 40 probable and 1,323 suspect cases in the Philippine capital.