The biggest quarantine facility for cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila is set to open on August 25 in Parañaque City, the deputy chief implementer of the government’s pandemic response said Monday.
Secretary Vince Dizon said the 525-bed mega quarantine facility will be used to accommodate confirmed, mild, and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.
He added that the Parañaque quarantine facility is among several others that will be built to serve residents of Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Calabarzon, with a total capacity of 3,000 beds.
“A lot of the cases are mild and asymptomatic cases, up to 98.5% to 99%. We are going to have to house them and allow them to get better, roughly for two weeks, and these are the facilities that are going to house them,” Dizon said.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary Emil Sadain said the Department of Public Works and Highways has established 300 quarantine facilities nationwide with 95 others expected to be completed within August until early September.
The government earlier discouraged home quarantine for COVID-19 cases and advocated for facility-based quarantine.
The Philippines has recorded 129,913 infections as of Sunday afternoon. — Julia Mari Ornedo/BM, GMA News