The government of the Philippines has postponed the start of the school year to October, which should have started in June, at a time when the country has established itself as the hardest hit by the Southeast Asian coronavirus pandemic and is already seeing more than 153,000 positive events.
The authorities had already postponed the resumption of classes until August 24, but President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a new extension this Friday until October 5. This emerges from an official document published on Facebook by the Ministry of Education.
The minister, Leonor Briones, has reiterated that the postponement will give the system more time to address the “logistical constraints” that the DPA news agency says still exist in tight spaces, for example to encourage distance learning.
The metropolitan area of Manila and four surrounding areas were restricted to a surge in coronavirus cases on Aug. 18. The Department of Health this Friday raised the tentative balance of positive results across the country to 153,660, up 6,216 more in one day.
Of these cases, nearly 80,000 are considered active while at least 2,442 people have lost their lives, victims of COVID-19, 16 more than on Thursday, according to The Philippine Star newspaper.