Which COVID-19 patients will be confined in convention centers?


Posted at Apr 01 2020 10:45 AM

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At least 3 types of patients will be confined in convention centers that the government wants to convert into facilities for the novel coronavirus response, the health department said Wednesday. 

The Philippine International Convention Center, World Trade Center, and the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be turned into quarantine sites to de-congest hospitals so they could take in more elderly patients and those with severe symptoms, said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. 

The quarantine sites will house the following patients, she said. 

- Those with no or mild symptoms; 
- Patients under investigation or those with symptoms and travel abroad or exposure to someone who tested positive for the respiratory disease; and 
- Patients who have recovered and are set for discharge from the hospital, pending negative test results. 

The conversion of all 3 government buildings into facilities for COVID-19 will take 10 days, the public works department said Wednesday. 

The Philippines as of Tuesday confirmed 88 deaths out of its total 2,084 cases of the novel coronavirus. The tally could continue to climb following the recent delivery of test kits and the accreditation of additional screening laboratories, said the health department. 

Metro Manila and the entire Luzon, home to about half of the country's 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 12 to contain the pandemic.

DZMM, April 1, 2020