Rizal Memorial Complex Closed For Decontamination As LSIs Tests Positive In Antibody Tests
RIZAL MEMORIAL COMPLEX CLOSED – After 48 Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) tested positive, the Rizal Sports Complex was closed for decontamination.
Over 6,000 stranded individuals flocked to the venue in hopes of getting back home to their provinces through the “Hatid Tulong” program. However, days into the heavily criticized program, people were found positive in the rapid antibody tests for COVID-19.
According to a report from ABS-CBN, the complex would be closed for a day. This includes the entirety of the venue along with the baseball and track stadiums. Meanwhile, personnel working around the complex like Philippines Sports Commission personnel would also be vacated.
Asec. Encabo stated that there were no LSIs left at the venue after the final batch of 1,017 individuals boarded a ship bound for Zamboanga earlier today. As per the report, since Saturday, around 6,583 have been returned to their provinces as part of the second batch of the Hatid Tulong initiative.
But, 48 of the stranded passengers were found positive in the antibody tests for coronavirus. They are currently waiting for their results of the confirmatory tests at quarantine facilities in Manila.
Following massive public criticisms, the Department of Health said that the program was considered as a mass gathering violating protocols against the coronavirus. Originally, the program was supposed to be finished over the weekend. However, it lasted for about a week due to an unprecedented volume of people arriving at the venue.
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