“We’re off to a good start,” commissioner Willie Marcial announced Monday afternoon that the league is enjoying a zero COVID-19 infection rate inside its multi-site competition bubble following the latest swab testing administered by the Clark Development Corp (CDC).

/ 20 October 2020

A week after the action in the Philippine Cup kicked off, commissioner Marcial reported all members of the 12 ball clubs are negative for the virus following the second round of testing done on Oct. 13.

“I actually called Sec. (Vince) Dizon earlier this morning and told him (about the development),” said Marcial. “He just reminded me to keep observing the health protocols and wished us for our continued success.”

The league’s chief, however, noted that the record does not include late arrivals—like Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, and Alaska’s Maverick Ahanmisi among others.

Also waiting for their second screening are the last batch of the league’s staff, and the five journalists covering the reboot.

But Marcial is already grateful for all players, coaches, and team personnel for observing discipline and self-restraint in the past three weeks since the league bubble began.

Bubble delegates are subjected to undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests every two weeks, depending on the date of arrival to be shouldered by the CDC as per the strict health protocols crafted by the league.

The initial test was done when squads began arriving at the Clark Freeport last Sept. 28 and 29.

The negative outcome of the previous test paved the way for the successful restart of the Philippine Cup last Oct. 11 at the Smart 5G-powered Angeles University Foundation gym.