Govt. rents two ships as quarantine facilities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) – Two passenger ships will be rented out by the government for P35 million in two months to be transformed into COVID-19 quarantine facilities, the Transportation department said Wednesday.

The ships are owned by 2GO Group Inc., a company of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade mentioned the larger ship can accommodate up to 400 persons as 270 individuals are now confined in the vessel.

The smaller ship can house up to 200 people, with 135 beds now occupied.

Tugade said the ships have dining counter, cafeteria, and comfort rooms.

Maaliwalas naman ang kinalalagyan nila,” he said during the daily Laging Handa media briefing.

[Translation: People in the ship have good facilities.]

The vessels also host returning overseas Filipino workers and seafarers required to undergo 14-day quarantine.

The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act authorizes the President to "direct the operation of any privately-owned passenger vessels to serve as temporary medical facilities."

Meanwhile, the Transportation department also opened another COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal at Pier 15 in Manila with a 216-bed capacity.

It has portable toilets, cargo containers for showers, and open-air dining facilities.

Meron hong dedicated dito na dalawang ambulansya para sa dalawang maritime vessels at meron hong paggagamitan sa terminal,” told Tugade.

[Translation: There are two dedicated ambulances for the two maritime vesels which the terminal can use.]

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the country has 6,710 COVID-19 cases, including 693 recoveries and 446 deaths.