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Two of the country’s historic sporting venues have been put under lockdown, no thanks to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

The Philippine Sports Commission announced that the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the PhilSports Complex have been put under complete lockdown after a staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“May we humbly advise all concerned that the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila City and the PHILSPORTS Complex in Pasig City shall be on complete lockdown from 12 August 2020 until further notice,” the statement signed by PSC chairman Butch Ramirez read.

“This is part of the agency’s health security protocol after a staff tested COVID-19 positive in the recent round of RT-PCR testing.”

Last July 30, the Rizal Memorial Stadium was shut down by authorities after 48 locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) who stayed in the venue for the Hatid Tulong program tested positive for COVID-19.

Both venues, which have been renovated last year as the country hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games, have been utilized by the government as COVID-19 facilities to help decongest some hospitals.

As of publishing, there have been 76,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila with 35,457 recoveries and 1,106 deaths.

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