MANILA, Philippines – Class cancellations/ suspensions on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 are announced at certain areas by Local Government Units (LGUs) due to the threat on the spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus.
Here’s the live list of class suspensions on March 11, 2020 as declared by respective LGUs.
- National Capital Region (NCR) – all levels (public and private) Tuesday, March 10, to Saturday, March 14
Note: List of places above will be revised as soon as other LGUs suspended classes. Should there be work suspensions, we will keep everyone posted.
Class cancellations above were issued to conduct disinfection of all schools and likewise install precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
LATEST UPDATE IN COVID-19 CASES
In the recent update from Department of Health (DOH), there were total of 20 cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines. Below is the quick details of the first 10 COVID-19 cases, excerpt from GMA News.
- 10th case is a 57 year old male Filipino with no history of travel outside the Philippines.
- 9th case is an 86 year old male American with history of travel in the United States of America and South Korea.
- 8th case is a male Filipino, 32 years old with history of travel in Japan in the past 14 days.
- The 7th case is a male Taiwanese, has no history of travel outside the Philippines but has history of contact with a Taiwanese foreign national who visited the country and tested positive as well in Taiwan.
- The 6th COVID-19 case is the wife of the patient previously tested positive. They have no recent travel history.
- The 5th case is a 62 year old male Filipino in San Juan City with no travel history outside the country and frequently visited a Muslim prayer.
- The 4th case is a 48 year old male Filipino with a travel history from Japan.
- The first three (3) cases of the coronavirus in PH were all Chinese, in which one patient died in early February. This is the first death from the disease outside China.
COVID-19 originated from Wuhan, China. To date, there are more than 106,000 confirmed cases and with at least 3,600 fatalities worldwide.
In an advisory, Qatar has recently banned the entry of travelers coming from the Philippines due to COVID-19 concerns. Qatar has 15 cases of coronavirus disease.
PH FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS
Some airline companies has earlier issued travel advisory in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Among them is Cebu Pacific. To quote,
In light of developments related to the Novel Coronavirus, Cebu Pacific will be cancelling all flights between the Philippines (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzen) from February 2 to March 29, 2020. Flights between the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macau, on the other hand, have been reduced.
For fresh updates on flight cancellations of all airlines, you may directly refer to MNLAirport website at https://mnlairport.ph/flights/cancellations.
WHAT IS COVID-19
As per World Health Organization, COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
“The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually.”
HOW DOES THE COVID-19 SPREAD?
“People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.”
PROTECTIVE MEASURES (SUMMARY)
Per WHO, here are the measures everyone can follow to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
DEPED GUIDELINES ON CLASS CANCELLATIONS
Parents and students shall take note of the following guidelines for cancellations of classes per DepEd Order No. 43 s. 2012 which contains the Guidelines on the implementation of Executive Order No. 66 (Prescribing Rules on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Government Offices due to Typhoons, flooding, other Weather disturbances and Calamities).
- DepEd calls on parents to determine whether their children should go to school during typhoons , floods and other calamities in the absence of announcements.
- In the absence of storm signal warnings, LGU officials are expected to announce whole day class cancellations not later than 4:30 AM or half day class suspensions not later than 11:00 AM.
- Storm signal warnings declared by PAGASA between 10:00 PM and 4:30 AM reflect the whole day cancellation of classes in appropriate levels in the affected areas.
- Storm signal warnings declared by PAGASA by 11:00 AM automatically suspend the same day’s afternoon classes in the appropriate levels in the affected areas.
- Classes in the affected areas shall be automatically cancelled or suspended once PAGASA raised the following storm signals:
- Signal Number 1: Public and Private Pre-school and Kindergarten
- Signal Number 2: Public and Private Pre-school, Kindergarten, elementary and high school (including senior high school)
- Signal Number 3: Classes in all levels (public and private)