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Manila execs talk to motel, hotel owners for use of facilities

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FOR the possibility of using them as quarantine facilities owing to what he termed as a ‘resurgence’ of Covid19 cases, Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno ordered Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and Bureau of Permits chief Levi Facundo to talk to motels and hotels owners in the city.


Moreno noted that despite the many quarantine facilities built by the city government, the recent alarming spike in the number of residents getting infected with the coronavirus may fill the facilities to the brim.


Thus, he said that the task given to Lacuna and Facundo will just be a part of preparations for a possible spillover in the coming weeks as predicted by some health experts and in view of the unprecedented speed of increase in Covid19 cases.


Moreno lamented that the city government’s assigned Covid beds in the city-run hospitals and the quarantine facilities have recently registered high occupancy rates that the city has never experienced in the past year that the city had been battling the pandemic.


The mayor said an additional 300 quarantine beds will be added to the existing facilities to accommodate a possible surge in the coming days.


Noting that the transmission is now within families, Moreno advised the residents to wear masks at all times, even if one is inside the home or vehicle and to always assume that the one beside him or her is a virus carrier.


Moreno also announced that the Manila Emergency Operations Center or MEOC which handles emergency situations including those involving Covid patients, has added contact numbers since the current ones are constantly busy due to the numerous requests and queries.


He likewise appealed to the residents of Manila to act as if the city is under the enhanced community quarantine status even if it is actually under a general community quarantine state.


“Kahit naka-GCQ, dapat ang attitude ay ECQ. Huwag na gumala kung walang gagawing importante o dapat bilhin. Sa loob na lamang tayo ng bahay. Wag nang mag-party o gumawa ng mga bagay na pupuwede namang iwasan muna,” he said.


“Wag muna mag-bakasyon… dati hinayaan ang mga tao umuwi sa probinsya kaya ayun. Nagkaleche-leche ang mga probinsiya. Tapos ngayon balik naman ang impeksyon sa Metro Manila,” Moreno added. ANDI GARCIA


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