Mega quarantine facility in Metro Manila to open this month

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 10) — The government said one of the country’s biggest quarantine facility is expected to start operating this month in Paranaque City.

The first phase of the 525-bed isolation facility located at Nayong Pilipino is expected to open on August 25, COVID-19 testing czar Vince Dizon said on Monday. This facility will cater mild and asymptomatic patients only, he said.

The facility is bigger than the World Trade Center quarantine facility, which has 502 beds, and the Philippine Arena facility which has 300 beds.

This is in line with efforts to increase the country’s isolation capacity, which is now at 70 percent, and in preparation in case Metro Manila will return to a more relaxed general community quarantine mid-August, Dizon said.

He added that the public can expect more facilities to be built in the coming weeks not only for Metro Manila, but also for Bulacan, and Calabarzon.

Earlier, the government said 22 mega-quarantine facilities for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are expected to open in the capital in two to three weeks.

READ: DPWH eyes completion of 22 new COVID-19 isolation facilities by August

On July 30, the health department said five of the 15 big quarantine facilities in Luzon already reached “danger zone” in terms of beds for COVID-19 patients. This means a 70 to 100 percent utilization of facilities catering to such patients.