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Willie Marcial says 95% of PBA players tested, all negative

The Alaska Aces conduct a four-player practice in accordance with IATF guidelines at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City. PBA Media Group

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said Wednesday that about "95 percent" of all players are cleared of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and the remaining five percent have yet to complete their respective swab tests.

Teams will also be communicating whether there have been positive tests throughout the process, added Marcial.

"Ninety-five percent siguradong negative 'yon. Marami pang hindi pa nate-test. Wala pa sa amin lahat. Hindi pa kumpleto," he told ESPN5.com.

All teams were originally scheduled to undergo swab testing at the Makati Medical Center last August 20 and 21 -- two weeks after the original planned date, which was moved due to the Philippine government shifting Metro Manila back to a tighter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

Marcial said the league already has protocols in place once a player tests positive for COVID-19.

"Syempre 'pag may nag-positive, 'yung buong batch na nag-practice, iq-quarantine 'yon. Tapos 'yung nag-positive, 14 days 'yon sa quarantine tapos ite-test pa ulit. Pero 'yung buong batch, magq-quarantine at oobserbahan namin ng seven to 10 days. Hindi sila makakapag-practice," he said.

"Kung umikot 'yung player na 'yun, 'yung lahat ng inikutan niya [quarantine rin]. Kaya per batch muna talaga. Kung napunta siya sa dalawang practice, madadamay lahat ng kasama noon. 'Yung iba, tuloy pa rin sa practice," the commissioner added.

Teams have already hit the ground running, as practices in batches of four were conducted by Barangay Ginebra, Alaska, Rain or Shine, San Miguel, Magnolia, Blackwater and Meralco starting Tuesday. Most teams are expected to practice thrice a week.