(UPDATED) Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has ordered the temporary closure of the emergency room of the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC).

It will be closed from April 28 at 7:00 am until May 5 at 7:00 am.

The order was made after eight staffers of the GABMMC tested positive for COVID-19: four doctors, one radiology technologist, one medical technologist and two nurses.

“Ito po ay para magbigay daan sa general cleaning at disinfection operations ng buong hospital. Kailangan po natin ito linisin at ayusin,” the Mayor said.

GABMMC Director Dr. Ted Martin said that the hospital will not be admitting any patient during the closure of the emergency room.

However, the hospital’s dialysis center will remain operational, while the facility will continue to cater to its existing patients, Dr. Martin said.

“The hospital is not on lockdown. We still have admitted patients under our care. Since the hospital is only closed for admission, all incoming patients will be referred to the other five city hospitals with proper coordination. No direct admissions will be entertained,” he explained.

Incoming surgical and medical cases will be referred to Ospital ng Maynila, while incoming OB and Pedia patients will be referred to Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Tondo and Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital.

Likewise, the Mayor reminded his constituents to remain truthful regarding their condition amid the crisis.

“Tayo po ay nakikiusap sa mga pasyente na nagpapakunsulta sa ating mga ospital at health facilities na maging totoo po tayo sa pagsasabi ng ating tunay na kalalagyan at kundisyon,” he said.

“Hindi lang po ito para sa inyong kaligtasan kundi na rin para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga healthcare workers,” he added