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‘Not yet time to suspend classes’

first_imgSecretary Francisco Duque. PNA “DepEd is ready to implement allnecessary proportionate response to the latest developments upon receipt of thedefinitive advisory from the task force,” DepEd said. In February, DepEd said it would allowthe suspension of classes in schools and areas where there wuld be confirmedcases of the virus. MANILA – The Department of Health(DOH) said it was “not yet right” to suspend classes despite the countryreporting six cases already of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Education secretary Leonor Briones,for her part, was also seeking inputs from the DOH for guidelines on how toconduct the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) and National Festival ofTalents (NFOT) in light of the COVID-19 cases. Tiangco on Saturday announced thesuspension of Monday’s classes in his city. DOH secretary Francisco Duque IIIissued the statement in a radio interview yesterday after Navotas City’s MayorToby Tiangco suggested cancelling classes from March 9 and give studentsautomatic passing grades as a precautionary move.center_img “Hindipa tama iyon,” Duque said over DZMM. “Wala namanng ebidensya na meron silang transmission.Diskarte na nila iyan, desisyon na nilaiyan, at sila naman ang mananagot din sa kanilang mga desisyon.” The Department of Education (DepEd)earlier said it was ready to respond to the COVID-19 threat based on theadvisory of the DOH-Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of EmergingInfectious Diseases. Over the weekend, it said it wouldwait for a “definite advisory” from the task force which is scheduled to meetthis Monday. Cainta and Taytay town in Rizal madesimilar announcements, too. President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturdaydeclared a state of public health emergency, upon the recommendation of DOH./PNlast_img

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