MANILA - A hotel in Pasig City has been converted into a quarantine facility, Mayor Vico Sotto announced Thursday.
In a Facebook post, Sotto said Dahlia Hotel Pasig has been converted in a facility for those who will have to undergo supervised quarantine in the face of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) threat.
It can hold at least 300 people, he added.
"Ayon sa mga eksperto, mataas ang tsansa na dadami pa ang kaso ng #COVID19. Kailangan handa tayo," Sotto wrote in the post.
(According to experts, there is a high chance that cases of COVID-19 will increase. We have to be ready.)
"Strict supervised 14-day quarantines of PUMs (persons under monitoring) & PUIs (persons under investigation) with mild-moderate symptoms is 1 way we can minimize community risk," Sotto wrote in the caption.
Sotto also thanked the owners of the hotel for helping the city.
As of Thursday, the country has recorded 217 cases of the new coronavirus disease, with 17 deaths and 8 recoveries.
The Philippines is under a state of calamity as the government imposed a Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the disease, described by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic after it killed nearly 8,000 and infected 197,000 others worldwide.