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Pres. Duterte says NO to face-to- classes

Philippine Information Agency
02 Mar 2021, 21:38 GMT+10

CALOOCAN CITY, March 2 (PIA) -- The conduct of face-to-face classes even in low risk areas is still a big "NO!" according to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the weekend.

This was stressed by Duterte during a press conference on Sunday following the arrival ceremony of the 600,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccine of Sinovac donated by China.

The President first talked on reconsidering the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 (IATF's) recommendation of placing the country under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) because the economy is really down.

Duterte said with the start of the vaccination roll-out and with a vaccine stock of 2 million, he may place the country under MGCQ to rev up the economy.

But when asked about returning the face to face classes, President Duterte emphasized that he would not yet allow face-to-face classes even in areas with a low risk of COVID-19 infection.

"Huwag muna. Not now. I cannot make that decision. It will place the children in jeopardy. I am not ready to lose the lives of our young people, our children. Titingnan ko as they come ," the President said.

He said with the arrival of CoronaVac, and if most of the people in Metro Manila and nearby provinces will be vaccinated and the country can achieve the herd immunity--which can only happen if most of the people are vaccinated, and there's no chance of the virus to contaminate anyone--normalcy may be by early 2023.

Meanwhile, he gave the assurance that the vaccines donated by China will greatly help in the recovery of the Philippine economy.

This is because people who got vaccinated will be able to confidently go back to work and businesses will open, he said.

"I am considering placing the country under MGCQ after the roll-out because our economy is really down. By six months or when we will have a vaccine stock of two million, I will open the economy. People have to eat, have to work, people have to pay for their upkeep, and the only way to do it is to open the economy and for businesses to regrow," the President added. (PIA NCR)

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