MANILA, Philippines – Classes will remain suspended in all levels, both private and public, in the entire Metro Manila until April 12, 2020 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of community quarantine starting March 15.
The measure is the government’s move to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Metro Manila records a number of confirmed cases.
Thus, the President reminds all students to stay at home and study or perform house chores in the duration of the class suspension.
“So you have duties to perform also. Avoid trouble with the law, avoid trouble with anybody, just in the meantime, follow,” the President said.
“Better just stay home and study. That is my advice,” he added.
Meanwhile, the President leaves it to the local government units outside of Metro Manila to decide on class suspension in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some areas in Metro Manila were ordered suspended following the government’s declaration of state of public health emergency amid the rising number of confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.
In separate announcements, some local governments declared that classes in all levels will be cancelled as precaution against the spread of the virus:
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is urging Chinese schools to suspend classes after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday (January 30) the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.
“Because the case of mainland Chinese coming from China, the probability of them carrying the coronavirus is very high. So immediately, Chinese schools should suspend their classes, especially the ones who have high number of Chinese students,” he said.
Gatchalian also called on the government to consider a complete ban on travelers coming from China.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (January 31) imposed a travel ban from Wuhan City and Hubei province, China which is the ground zero novel coronavirus.
“Upon the recommendation of DOH [Department of Health] Secretary Francisco Duque, the President has issued a travel ban to Chinese nationals coming from the Hubei province of China where the nCoV originated, as well as in other places in China where there is a spread of the disease,” Presidential Spkoesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.—AAC
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