THE Taguig City government is set to open a 500-bed “mega-quarantine facility” in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
In a statement, Mayor Edgardo “Lino” Cayetano said that the quarantine facility would be built at the Lakeshore area in Barangay Lower Bicutan.
“The city aims to slowly open this facility in a few weeks,” Cayetano said.
Last April, the city converted the Taguig City Disability and Development Center, a four-story building in Katwiran, Ibayo Tipas, the Taguig Lakeshore Hall, a hostel at Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) and Hagonoy Sports Complex into isolation areas.
Meanwhile, Cayetano said that aggressive testing and specific lockdowns would be key in transitioning to new normal systems amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, Taguig has 31 testing centers, two drive-thru Covid-19 testing sites, and 36 contact tracing teams.
As of posting time, there are 1,450 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the city, of which, 215 have recovered and 23 have died.