THE Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, venue of many memorable sporting triumphs by the Filipino athletes in the past , is now home to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in Manila.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez,
said the Manila City government has successfully transferred the first batch of COVID-19 patients to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The sports facility inside the Rizal Memorial Complex was personally inspected by Manila Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna and City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan last Monday.
The stadium, which also underwent major renovation in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December, has recently been converted to a quarantine center with a 112-bed capacity.
Based on official announcement, air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the attending medical staff, free Internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance will be provided in the said facility.
As of Monday, there were 323 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manila, with 42 deaths and 27 recoveries.
Nearly 500 others are being investigated for possible infection.
Another PSC-managed sports facility -- Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena -- will also serve as a quarantine facility in Pasig City.
DPWH Director Ador Canlas, PSC Chief of Staff and National Training Director Marc Velasco, and Philsports Complex Administrator Reina Evangelista recently inspected the Philsports Complex.
The modern sports venue will be converted into a 156-bed medical facility for COVID-19 patients in Pasig.