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‘Dapat may sariling kwarto at banyo’: Palace clarifies home care for mild, asymptomatic patients still allowed

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By Prince Golez

Home quarantine for asymptomatic or mild Covid-19 patients will still be allowed, provided they should have their own isolated bedroom and bathroom, Malacañang said Tuesday.

In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that patients living with seniors and pregnant women under the same roof must undergo facility-based quarantine.

“Inanunsyo ni (Health) Secretary (Francisco) Duque at (National Action Plan Against Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer) Secretary Vince Dizon ang ‘Oplan Kalinga’. Nilinaw nila na ang pupuwedeng lamang mag home quarantine ay yung merong sariling kwarto, toilet at walang kasamang matanda, may sakit o buntis sa kanilang mga tahanan.

“Kung walang sariling kwarto at banyo, ang ‘Oplan’ ay sila na susundo sa atin at magdadala sa mga isolation centers. Air-conditioned lahat ang isolation centers, libre ang pagkain, at meron pang libreng WiFi.

On Sunday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles discouraged home-based quarantine for Covid-19 patients as this could further drive the spread of the virus.

“Dapat facility quarantine. Isa sa mga nakikita namin, kung nahawa ng COVID, nag ho-home quarantine. Pero ang dangerous kasi sa home quarantine, mas malaking chances na magkakahawaan dun sa kanyang pamilya o kung saan sya nakatira,” he said.

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