Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has ordered the temporary closure of Ospital ng Maynila after reports that more healthcare workers have been infected with COVID-19.

Domagoso on Thursday, July 30 announced that the hospital will be closed until August 9, Sunday, to give way to sanitation activities at the hospital and identification of healthcare workers who may have been exposed to the virus.

The Mayor also said it is important for the city government to keep its healthcare workers physically, emotionally and psychologically healthy.

“Para makafocus na maalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga frontliners natin sa medical sector, (the task) is to really stop the continuing contagion among theirselves,” the Mayor said.

“I want them to be healthy, physically, emotionally and pyschologically,” he added.

Domagoso said that at least 15 medical workers of Ospital ng Maynila have been infected by the virus, while another 32 are awaiting for their test results.

The Mayor also said about 58 individuals were close contacts of those confirmed cases.

“For the meantime, sa mga kababayan natin sa lungsod, nananawagan tayo na wag munang magdadala ng mga pasyente or mga mahal sa buhay simula July 31 hanggang August 9, except matters that involve life and death situation,” Domagoso said.

All services of the Ospital ng Maynila will be suspended, except for laboratory operations (including daily swabbing and IgG Serology), radiology, animal bite treatment center (for follow up only), extreme emergency, and telemedicine.

Those who are already admitted inside the hospital will continue to be catered by hospital staff, but incoming patients will be referred to other city government-owned hospitals.

Domagoso assured that the city government is providing enough assistance to frontliners in order to win the fight against COVID-19.

“We really wanted to be more conservative in our assessment and aggressive in our action — all type of approach with regard to mass testing,” Domagoso said.

Currently, the Manila City government has two drive thru testing sites, three walk-in testing sites, and saturation drive as part of the city’s mass testing efforts.

Over 10,000 individuals have already availed the free COVID-19 mass testing centers of the local government.