World Trade Center, ASEAN Convention Center, PICC now welcome COVID-19 patients

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More government facilities converted into quarantine areas are now accepting COVID-19 patients, the Department of Health announced on Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) — More government facilities converted into quarantine areas are now accepting COVID-19 patients, the Department of Health announced on Wednesday.

The DOH said the World Trade Center in Pasay, which has a 502-bed capacity for overseas Filipino workers, and the ASEAN Convention Center in Pampanga, which has 150 beds, have begun welcoming patients infected with the coronavirus. The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), which completed its conversion on Tuesday, is also accepting occupants.

The DOH, meanwhile, said the National Government Administration Center in Pampanga is not yet ready to accommodate patients as it needs to undergo more inspections and implement other safety measures. The DOH retracted its earlier announcement that the center was opened to patients on Tuesday.

"Agad po naming ibabalita kung kailan po ito bubuksan sa mga susunod nating episodes," said Health Spokesperson Ma. Rosario Vergiere in the DOH daily virtual briefing.

[Translation: We will report immediately when it will open in our next episodes.]

The Transportation Department will also rent out two passenger ships from 2GO Group Inc. for two months as quarantine facilities. On Tuesday, officials also opened The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal in Manila South Harbor's Pier 15 while on Monday, The Ninoy Aquino Stadium sent off its first COVID-19 survivor.

Authorities are also preparing the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the PhilSports Arena or ULTRA in Pasig and the Filinvest Tent in Alabang.

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 previously reported that the country currently has 75 COVID-19 referral hospitals.