- Title: Manila street dwellers given shelter amid coronavirus outbreak fears
- Date: 23rd March 2020
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (MARCH 23, 2020) (REUTERS) MAKESHIFT TENTS IN COVERED GYMNASIUM USED AS TEMPORARY SHELTER PEOPLE INSIDE TENTS VARIOUS OF MAN RECLINING ON FLOOR OF TENT, READING BOOK PEOPLE AND THEIR BELONGINGS INSIDE TENTS TENTS INSIDE GYMNASIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) SOCIAL WORKER, LOURDES PEÃ‘ALOSA, SAYING: "Many of the rescued are homeless who have been living in Manila. Others are workers from the provinces nearby." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SLEEPING INSIDE TENTS (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) SOCIAL WORKER, LOURDES PEÃ‘ALOSA, SAYING: "They are given meals three times a day regularly. We have a good supply of diapers for babies and sanitary napkins for the women. They are also allowed to bathe every morning." SOCIAL WORKERS WRITING DOWN INFORMATION/BREAD ON TABLE SOCIAL WORKER'S HAND WRITING DOWN INFORMATION ON DOCUMENT SOCIAL WORKERS DISTRIBUTING FOOD TO RESIDENTS AT SHELTER
- Keywords: COVID-19 Philippines coronavirus evacuation center homeless shelter social workers street
- Reuters ID: LVA001C69TIKN
- Location: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Duration: 00:01:35
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Around 100 street dwellers and stranded workers in the Philippines' capital of Manila have been provided temporary shelter at a makeshift evacuation centre as part of a move by the local government to stop the further spread of the coronavirus.
"Many of the rescued are homeless who have been living in Manila. Others are workers from the provinces nearby," Lourdes Penalosa, a social worker at the shelter told Reuters on Monday (March 23).
Daily meals and bathing facilities are provided, Penalosa added.
According to Manila Social Welfare Development, which runs the centre, the shelter was constructed on March 15, when the lockdown started for Manila. Only 60 of 100 tents have been occupied.
Manila Social Welfare Development said it will continue to house the homeless and stranded individuals until the end of the quarantine period in April.
As of Sunday (March 22) night, the Philippines had a total of 396 confirmed coronavirus cases and 33 deaths, its health ministry said.
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