30th SEA Games main hub now a quarantine facility
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 17, 2020 10:56 AM
(Photo: @ntfcovid19ph Twitter account)
The conversion of the New Clark City Sports complex into a mass quarantine facility for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients gets underway.
Located in Capas, Tarlac, the NCC, which served as the main hub of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and host of the centerpiece athletics and aquatics events last year, will house 1,500 bed units for COVID-19 cases in Region III and other neighboring areas.
New Clark City Sports Complex’s conversion into mass quarantine facility underway— National Task Force Against COVID19 (@ntfcovid19ph) April 16, 2020
TARLAC, April 16, 2020 – An additional 1,500 beds will soon be available for COVID-19 positive patients in Region 3 and other neighboring areas. pic.twitter.com/rCpWx007wX
The NCC Athletes’ Village has been used as a quarantine facility since February.
Aside from the NCC, the ASEAN Convention Center and the NCC Government Building in Clark, Pampanga are also being converted into government-designated quarantine areas.
This, as Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, chief implementer of the National Action Plan Against on COVID-19, and Bases and Conversion Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio "Vince" Dizon inspected the ASEAN Convention Center — pic.twitter.com/5JlsGVJWwV— National Task Force Against COVID19 (@ntfcovid19ph) April 16, 2020
— and New Clark City Government Building in Clark, Pampanga, and the New Clark City Athletes’ Village in Capas, Tarlac.— National Task Force Against COVID19 (@ntfcovid19ph) April 16, 2020
These sports facilities are being converted into government-designated mass quarantine areas for COVID-19 patients. pic.twitter.com/pMVmukUJmt
With more than 5,600 confirmed cases and more than three hundred deaths, the government has tapped available state-owned sports facilities to be converted into quarantine areas to decongest hospitals which are already in full capacity.
This week, the 112-bed Ninoy Aquino Stadium facility opened its doors to COVID-19 positive cases while the Rizal Memorial Coliseum inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila is also ready to accept patients.
Conversion of the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City has also commenced.