President Duterte withdraws order to bring back face-to-face classes, due to the new COVID strain – President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdraws his order for the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes on January 2021 due to the discovery of a new strain of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom.
The said implementation was planned for schools in areas with low risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The Department of Education (DepEd) was already preparing for a dry run, but President Duterte ordered Education Sec. Leonor Briones to suspend it.
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“I’m calling back the order,” the President in a public briefing Saturday.
“I will not allow face-to-face classes of children until we are through with this . . . The nature of the germ we are confronting.”
The President also said that the government could be putting students in danger, if they let them go to class.
“I am cancelling the order I gave few days ago, few weeks ago to Sec. Briones of the Education Department to suspend everything, all activities of children especially face-to-face classes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tony Leachon, a public health advocate and former member of the national COVID-19 mitigation task force, said the new strain has forced governments to enforce travel restrictions in and out of the United Kingdom.
“Iyan ay variant B117. Bago siyang strain na 52% ang admittance sa UK. At highly transmissible, 50-70%, so ibig sabihin more contagious. Nagcause ng travel ban sa Europe, Canada, sa HK, sa atin dito,” Leachon said in an interview on Teleradyo.
“Kakaiba ang profile ng mga pasyente nito. Less than 60, asymptomatic, sila yung gala ng gala. So mas madaling makahawa ngayon.
“Mas maraming mahahawa, that will lead to more hospitalizaton and admission and therefore, madadali ngayon ang vulnerable segment and will actually cause more deaths.”
Source: ABS-CBN News
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