MANILA, Philippines – The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, where thousands of locally-stranded individuals (LSI) stayed last week, has been closed for disinfection after the last batch of stranded persons was sent to their respective provinces.
The sports complex, which sheltered about 6,500 LSIs waiting for government-sponsored trips to their regions, will be closed for a day to undergo decontamination beginning Thursday morning to ensure that it is free from novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The facility includes the baseball and track stadiums.
Those working in and around the sports complex, including the employees of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Manila Department of Public Services were also evacuated.
The organizer of government’s Hatid-Tulong program said the last batch of stranded passengers comprised of 1,017 individuals have left the area early Thursday to board a ship bound for the Zamboanga Peninsula.
Since Saturday, more than 6,000 stranded individuals have been sent home through the program.
However, 48 were unable to go on their trip after they tested positive in rapid tests conducted as part of the processing of passengers.
They have been placed at quarantine centers in Manila as they await the results of their swab tests.
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