Philippines reopens schools as the number of COVID-19 cases decreases

Philippines reopens schools as the number of COVID-19 cases decreases - Photo 1.

Students wearing face masks sit on desks with plastic splash shields in a classroom in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on December 6 – Photo: REUTERS

According to Reuters news agency, on December 6, students from 28 schools in metropolitan Manila returned to school with masks, classrooms equipped with plastic splash screens.

This is part of the Philippine Government’s plan to reopen all schools across the country from January 1, 2022.

Although vaccination rates in the Philippines are increasing while the number of new cases daily decreases, parents are still cautious about the move to reopen schools.

“I’m worried because there is still COVID-19, but we have to be brave so that my child can go to school. I can’t help her study because I have to work,” Lara Vedasto said as she was working. waiting for her daughter outside the school.

The reopening of schools in the Manila metropolitan area is an extension of a pilot plan to open 100 schools in low-risk areas of COVID-19 infection across the Philippines in November.

Schools in Manila are still cautious when opening, taking some disease prevention measures such as limiting the number of students to 15 students to avoid overcrowding a class.

Previously, on November 15, the Philippines piloted the opening of face-to-face classes at 100 public schools out of a total of 48,000 public schools across the country located in areas with low risk of COVID-19 infection.

According to Reuters, the Philippines is one of the slowest countries to open schools in the world, since the country closed schools from March 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

So far, the Philippines has recorded more than 2.84 million COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the epidemic, including more than 49,400 deaths from COVID-19.

The number of new daily cases in the Philippines has fallen below 1,000 since November 24, compared with the peak of the epidemic with more than 20,000 cases / day in September.

Last week, the Philippines also organized a three-day mass vaccination campaign to boost the number of people vaccinated across the country. As of December 2, about 34% of the 110 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated.

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