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‘Students should use COVID app’

Pat C. Santos

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Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso inspects a newly opened quarantine facility at the P. Gomez Elementary School in Sta. Cruz, Manila. This raises to six the centers the city is devoting to coronavirus patients. PHOTOGRAPH BY YUMMIE DINGDING FOR THE DAILY TRIBUNE@tribunephl_yumi

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso urged students enrolled in Manila schools and universities to consider using the COVID-19 contact tracing app.

In a virtual conference with university and college presidents, the mayor said the Stay Safe app will allow students to monitor areas near them where individuals identified to be positive for the virus may be staying.

He said this will give them a chance to steer clear of these places.

“Ask your students, your staff, this is a very powerful app. Through registration, you will be informed in real time where there are positive COVID-19 cases, probable or suspected, within your vicinity — a few meters, 10 meters, 300 meters, 500 meters, one kilometer and so on,” Domagoso said.

The Manila Health Department (MHD) reported most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation’s capital come from the 18 to 39 age bracket.

Of the 1,443 COVID-19 positive cases, 563 belong to this age bracket.

The mayor said persons belonging to this age bracket were the ones who were granted quarantine passes by barangays in order to go out and buy basic necessities.

“Because of this application, the people will track the presence of COVID-19, particularly now that we are on GCQ (general community quarantine), and especially when we transition to MGCQ (modified general community quarantine),” he added.

Meanwhile, Domagoso yesterday opened two new quarantine facilities, located at the P. Gomez Elementary School and San Andres Sports Complex.

The P. Gomez Elementary School facility has 41 beds, while the San Andres Sports Complex center will serve residents of District 6 and has 42 beds.

The San Andres site will have a temporary holding area for persons under investigation who turned positive who will be subjected to confirmatory swab testing.

The mayor said he plans to continue putting up quarantine centers in anticipation of the spike in the number of COVID-19 affected persons in the city.

There are now six quarantine facilities in Manila to accommodate the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

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