Palarong Pambansa, classes suspended due to new COVID-19 cases

March 09, 2020

MARIKINA Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro yesterday suspended indefinitely the Palarong Pambansa 2020 while Manila Mayor Isko Moreno suspended classes in private and public schools for one week after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed four more cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country.

Teodoro said the Palarong Pambansa 2020  slated in May  was suspended “because of the health threat posed by COVID-19, (and) the health of the student athletes, teachers, and family members from all regions in the country is our primordial concern.”  

In Manila, Moreno said classes in private and public schools will be suspended from March 9 to 15. He said 14 persons are now under monitoring in Manila but clarified that the city still has ‘zero’ Persons Under Investigation (PUIs).

Moreno said an entire floor of Sta. Ana Hospital will be dedicated for coronavirus cases and it is now being inspected by the DOH.

Teodoro also suspended classes in all levels in both private and public schools from March 9 to 11 for the disinfection of classrooms in the city. He is eyeing to extend the suspension of classes.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque said samples of four new patients  tested positive from COVID-19.

The 9th case (PH9) is an 86-year-old American male and a resident of Marikina with pre-existing hypertension and history of travel to USA and South Korea. Symptoms began on March 1. Teodoro said the patient arrived in the country on February 19 after his vacation from South Korea. On March 5, he went to a hospital, because he was feeling ill. Results went out on March 9, saying he was tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is currently admitted to a private hospital.

Two of four new cases were from Pasig City but Mayor Vico Sotto said one is not a local resident but currently confined in Medical City Pasig while the other patient, who is a local resident, is currently confined in a private hospital outside of Pasig.

The mayor advised the public to refrain from going to places of convergence such as markets, parks, gatherings, and other “high-touch areas.”  

In Caloocan, Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan ordered the suspension of classes in all levels in private and public schools until Wednesday.

He said this is due to a mandatory two-day general sanitation and disinfection of their campuses and to put precautionary measures in place against the spread of the virus. 

With Edd Reyes