MANILA - The Antipolo New Public Market was placed under 14-day lockdown from Tuesday after 18 vendors tested positive for the coronavirus, its mayor said.
The patients were placed under quarantine in the local government's isolation facilities since June 25 and authorities have conducted contact tracing, Mayor Andeng Ynares said in a statement.
Nearly 800 tenants of the public market underwent coronavirus testing on the same day, 28 of whom tested positive based on rapid tests.
Those who turned out positive in rapid tests and 20 others with symptoms of the respiratory disease underwent confirmatory tests, Ynares said.
"Kung sakaling lumala ang kanilang kundisyon, tayo din ang gagastos sa kanilang pagpapa ospital kung wala po silang PhilHealth," he said.
(If their condition worsens, government will shoulder their hospitalization if they're not a member of PhilHealth.)
The mayor urged private markets to "be responsible landlords" and help their tenants and workers get tested for the coronavirus.
"Kung wala po kayong pang gastos bilang landlords para sa inyong mga tenants, ipaalam niyo lang po sa amin," he said.
(If you do not have the budget as landlords for your tenants, just let us know.)
Ynares, meanwhile, said the City Mall of Antipolo remains free of COVID-19, contrary to "fake news."
The City Health Office has so far conducted 15,000 COVID-19 tests, using both rapid and confirmatory tests, according to Ynares.
Those who would like to get tested for the virus may reach the city's 24/7 COVID-19 hotlines at 869-70362, 0951-335-9277, 0927-782-4262, 0923-081-6037, and 0916-534-4707.