Manila's Bonifacio Memorial Medical emergency room closed for 3 days due to COVID-19


Posted at Jul 20 2020 02:15 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2020 02:37 PM

Hospital staff wear personal protective equipment as they man the entrance of the emergency room in the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in Tondo, Manila on March 24, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA — The emergency room at the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center in the capital is closed for 3 days from Monday noon due to a spike of patients with the novel coronavirus, its management said. 

The closure of the Tondo district hospital's emergency room until July 23, 12 noon, will give way to disinfection activities, its director Dr. Ted Martin in a statement shared by the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) on Facebook. 

The hospital's COVID-19 ward has reached 100-percent capacity, with 76 patients currently admitted, including 52 who have confirmed positive test results for the virus, Martin said. 

Isolation tents at the hospital are also "beyond full capacity, with pending COVID-19 confirmed patient admissions," he said. 
Fifty-three hospital workers, including 4 doctors and 12 nurses, are on quarantine, he added. 

Manila last week alone tallied 2,086 new cases of COVID-19.