Pres. Rodrigo Duterte announced that classes in all levels in Metro Manila are suspended from March 10 to 14, according to CNN Philippines. He made the announcement last night, March 9, amid the rising number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
The president said it’s an effort to keep students safe and gauge whether suspending classes can reduce the number of infections.
Prior to the announcement, San Juan, Pasay, and a few other cities in Metro Manila suspended classes. Places in the provinces of Cavite, Rizal, and Pangasinan also announced suspensions, according to Rappler.
Yesterday, the president signed a proclamation declaring a state of public health emergency, according to Inquirer. The proclamation mobilizes and empowers government agencies and local units to swiftly respond to the COVID-19 threat.
As of this writing, there are now 24 confirmed cases in the Philippines. According to CNN Philippines, the latest four cases are from Project 6, Quezon City; West Crame, San Juan; and Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
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