Malacañang this week announced that limited face-to-face classes would be allowed specifically for medical and allied health programs.
“Ito po ay sa mga med schools, mga medical allied programs sa mga higher educational institutions sa MGCQ at para po sa mga higher educational institutions in GCQ areas with base hospitals that cater to Covid19 patients,” said Palace spokesman Harry Roque, stressing the importance of generating more health workers during the pandemic.
This fell in line with the Inter-Agency Task Force’s recent approval of the resumption of the University of the Philippines’ face-to-face clinical internship at the Philippine General Hospital, which provides medical services to Covid19 patients.
Despite this, President Rodrigo Duterte revoked the decision to allow children under 18 to go out of their homes even in modified general community quarantine areas due to the new coronavirus variant that had already reached Philippine shores, of which there are 17 recorded cases.
The first confirmed case was a 29-year-old male from Quezon City who flew in from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Among the 16 others, 12 come from Bontoc, Mountain Province, two are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) from Lebanon, one is from Laguna while another comes from La Trinidad, Benguet.