Three more gov't facilities ready for COVID-19 patients

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The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal located in Manila South Harbor's Pier 15 which was commissioned by the Department of Transportation as a COVID-19 treatment facility, is now open with 211 available cubicles (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — Three more government facilities are ready to accommodate over a thousand COVID-19 suspected, probable and confirmed patients, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

These are the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Manila, the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay and the New Clark City National Government Administration Center in Pampanga.

The department said the terminal located in Manila South Harbor's Pier 15 which was commissioned by the Department of Transportation as a COVID-19 treatment facility, is now open with 211 available cubicles.

The PICC has finished its conversion, and can now house 294 beds for patients once other facilities in Metro Manila have reached capacity.

On the other hand, the National Government Administration Center, one of the largest quarantine facilities with a bed capacity of 688, completed construction and already started welcoming occupants.

The government earlier said it identified 125 facilities which can be converted into quarantine centers. The Ninoy Aquino Stadium, with a 112-bed capacity, already discharged its first recovered COVID-19 patient on Monday.

Authorities are also preparing The World Trade Center in Pasay, Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the PhilSports Arena or ULTRA in Pasig, the Filinvest Tent in Alabang as well as the ASEAN Convention Center in Pampaga.

Medical staff from the police, coast guard and the Armed Forces together with the DOH will be assigned to some of the facilities, the agency said. The DOH also earlier reported that the country currently has 75 COVID-19 referral hospitals.