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The Department of Education (DepEd) suspended the conduct of in-person classes in the national capital region (NCR) starting January 3 after the area was placed under alert level 3 amid the rising cases of COVID-19.
“Consistent with the recent Memo of the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) for the Alert Level 3 protocols and considering the notable increase of COVID-19 cases in NCR, DepEd, in consultation with DOH (Department of Health), confirms that F2F (face-to-face) classes for pilot schools in NCR are suspended until the alert level reverts to Level 2,” the agency said in a statement on Sunday, January 2.
Face-to-face classes will remain suspended until the region shifts to alert level 2, the department added.
Meanwhile, pilot schools in areas under alert levels 1 and 2 will continue with their in-person meetings while DepEd is finalizing its report on the test run of face-to-face classes.
Metro Manila was placed under alert level 3 from January 3 to 15 following the spike in COVID-19 cases.
On Sunday, January 2, the Philippines logged 4,600 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily increase since October 24. The positivity rate is also up at 19.6 percent, the highest since September 30.