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Baka marami pang magkasakit: DOJ asks DPWH to build quarantine site at Bilibid

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering putting up a larger isolation area at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) that will hold persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who are suspected or confirmed to have the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I discussed with BuCor officials further preparations for BuCor,” Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete said on Thursdau (April 23).

“We are coordinating with DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) for the construction of a bigger quarantine area just in case there is a need for it,” he said.

Perete disclosed this after the BuCor confirmed an inmate of the NBP has been tested positive with COVID-19.

The DOJ spokesman noted that the quarantine area at the NBP has been set up and has the 300 beds.

Just this week, 18 female PDLs from the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City has been transferred to the Bilibid quarantine area after being tested positive with COVID-19.

“In the meantime, the DOH (Department of Health) has already committed an initial 10,000 test kits for PDLs,” he also revealed.

“The first batch of mass testing will be conducted at the CIW and NBP, where the cases for COVID-19 infection were registered,” he said.

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