The local government of Taguig City is set to open another quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, Mayor Lino Cayetano said.
Cayetano said the 40-bed quarantine facility would be operational within a week.
He said the facility would be managed by nurses and barangay health workers (BHWs) who will undergo training first.
"Within a week, we will start here. Ngayon po kasi may five facilities pa kami, hindi pa siya puno... Actually puwede na siyang magamit pero dahil mayroon pa kaming ibang facilities, we want to prepare it na," Cayetano told reporters over the weekend.
"Ang plano namin dito, 40 beds then we can have 10 BHWs then may nagbabantay sa kanilang apat na nurse. We are in the process now of training...We will take care of you here, we will have volunteers that we can train," he added.
According to the local government of Taguig, each cubicle of the Lakeshore facility has hygiene kits, towels, kits with masks and thermometers, bedside table, chair and cabinets.
It also has Wi-Fi, the city government added.
Cayetano encouraged residents to follow the guidelines of the national government in preventing the spread of the disease.
"Tulad nga ng pakiusap ng ating Pangulo noong isang araw, lalo tayong mag-istrikto at maghigpit para wala nang magkasakit at mamatay," Cayetano said.
"Makinig tayo sa istriktong bilin ng inter-agency task force at ng ating Pangulo patungkol sa pag-comply sa enhanced community quarantine at sa social distancing. Pag tayo sumunod ngayon, mas malaki ang pagkakataon na mas matapos ito ng mas mabilis," he added.
So far, Taguig City has 189 confirmed cases, with 24 recoveries and 14 fatalities.
As of Sunday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country reached 6,259, according to the Department of Health.
Of this number, 572 recovered while 409 died. —KG, GMA News