Cash in isolation: San Juan offers P3,000 to COVID-19 patients who stay in quarantine hub


Posted at Jul 15 2020 03:41 PM

Mall employees disinfect hand railings inside the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City on June 4, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA — San Juan residents who test positive for the novel coronavirus and agree to be admitted to the city's quarantine facility will get P3,000 from the local government, Mayor Francis Zamora said Wednesday.

Patients at the facility will also get free meals, medicine, and internet access, he said. 

"Hindi dapat itago na positibo [sa COVID-19] kasi nagiging katumbas n'yan kakalat lalo ang virus. Sa San Juan, di po kayo pababayaaan, wala ho kayong babayaran... May P3,000 pa para sa inyong pamilya," said Zamora. 

(Positive COVID-19 cases should not be concealed because that will lead to the further spread of the virus. You won't be neglected in San Juan, you won't pay anything. Your family will even get P3,000.) 

San Juan facilities are open to residents of other areas, he said. 

The city as of Monday has confirmed 438 cases of the COVID-19 disease. The tally includes 117 active cases, 276 patients that had recovered and 45 deaths, according to the health department's website

The government on Wednesday said it could isolate coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms, even if they prefer to go on home quarantine.

- With a report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News