The Philippine government has required all confirmed mild and asymptomatic coronavirus patients in the country to isolate in government-approved quarantine facilities, except those considered vulnerable by a certified health officer.
The mandate is part of Resolution No. 74, signed by the country’s coronavirus task force on Thursday to curb the “sharp rise” of COVID-19 cases.
Exemptions to the rule are “vulnerable” patients or what the resolution classifies as “minors, senior citizens, people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, persons with disability who cannot carry-out self-care, and immunocompromised patients.”
Confirmed mild and asymptomatic patients who reside in areas where government-quarantine facilities have declared full capacity are also exempted from the ban.
The exempted patients are allowed to undergo home isolation but it should comply with joint guidelines issued by the Departments of Health and Interior and Local Government, which include isolating in a separate room until cleared by a certified local health official.
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