Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) — A few cities and schools have called off classes in both public and private schools this week after the Department of Health confirmed the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus disease officially known as COVID-19.
Here is the list of affected areas:
Navotas City (No classes on Monday, March 9)
San Juan City (No classes on Monday, March 9)
Marikina City (No classes until Wednesday, March 11)
Cainta, Rizal (No classes until Tuesday, March 10)
Taytay, Rizal (No classes on Monday, March 9)
Manila Tytana Colleges (No classes on Monday, March 9)
Trinity University of Asia (No classes on Monday, March 9)
Bagong Lipunan Crame Elementary School and High School (No classes on Monday, March 9)
Assumption College (No classes until Tuesday, March 10)
Authorities confirmed the first local case was a resident of Cainta. His 59-year-old wife also contracted the disease, making her the sixth confirmed COVID-19 patient and the second case of local transmission. Both are currently confined in the Research Tropical Institute for Medicine in Muntinlupa City.
As of Saturday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said locking down schools is still unnecessary unless there is a “sustained community transmission” or “an increasing number of local cases whose links cannot be established.”
Meanwhile, Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco urged the Department of Education to pass all students and to suspend remaining classes in light of the virus outbreak. According to DepEd’s calendar, the 2019-2020 school year will formally end on April 3.
Source : CNN Philippines