MANILA - Sen. Sonny Angara on Tuesday called for the construction of mega quarantine facilities in Central Visayas, as Cebu City has emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
Intensive Care Units in hospitals in Cebu City are already at full capacity, while around 90 percent of beds in isolation wards are now occupied, Angara said in a statement.
"The Department of Health should step up its response in Cebu City because the only way that we can flatten the curve is if all areas of the country are able to control the spread of the disease," Angara said in a statement.
Of Central Visayas' 8,000 COVID-19 patients, over half or 4,962 carriers were in Cebu City, an highly-urbanized and densely-populated area.
The city is the only area in the country now under enhanced community quarantine, the strictest quarantine level.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said that national government officials are already scouting for possible sites where isolation facilities can be constructed in Cebu City.
"We can’t be sure if those patients are observing proper protocols of home quarantine. So better to extract them out of the community to ensure safety of the families and neighborhood," Año said.
Angara, a COVID-19 survivor, also called on Cebu City hospitals to consider convalescent plasma therapy to treat severe cases of the virus.