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DOH assures ample quarantine facilities for asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 patients

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 11:32 AM July 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — There are enough beds and facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who are either asymptomatic or experience mild symptoms, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire assured Monday after the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases discouraged home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients.

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This general view a hall converted into a 500-bed capacity COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine facility at the World Trade Center in Manila on April 23, 2020, one of the facilities to house mild cases of the disease. – The facility will be managed by military medical personnel. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

Vergeire said quarantine facilities managed by local government units nationwide have a total of 70,029 beds, with only 25% occupancy.

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Meanwhile, the big quarantine facilities in Metro Manila and nearby regions, which are managed by the national government, have a total of 3,193 beds with an occupancy rate of 38%.

“Mayroon tayong facilities for that, yes. We have sufficient beds para ma-accommodate natin kung saka sakaling may mangangailangan,” Vergeire told reporters in an online media forum.

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(We have facilities for that. We have sufficient beds to accommodate those who would need to be quarantined.)

As of July 11, there are 12,684 probable and suspected COVID-19 patients who are currently on home quarantine.

Those who are already quarantined at home will be asked to continue their self-isolation there as long as they follow strict health protocols.

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For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

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