President Duterte revoked an earlier order to the Department of Education to allow face-to-face classes in January following reports the coronavirus has mutated into a new variant, which has the ability to spread more rapidly.
The President said, “I am cancelling the order given a few weeks ago to the education department. I am suspending the face-to-face classes among children.”
In response to the President’s order, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said they will implement the instructions “to recall limited face-to-face classes in light of the recent development.”
Duterte noted there were recorded cases of infection related to the new variant in Sabah, citing the report of Sulu Governor Sakur Tan.
Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque said no case with the new strain of COVID-19 has been found in the country. The DOH is also recommending a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers from all countries with COVID variant cases.