On Monday evening, President Rodrigo Duterte suspended classes in Metro Manila from March 10 to 14, 2020.
Prior to this announcement, cities and schools in the National Capital Region had separately announced class suspensions for Tuesday at least.
Manila's announcement said that classes in the capital city are suspended until March 15, 2020.
Below are other class cancellations for Tuesday, March 10, 2020:
- Cainta, Rizal – all levels, public and private (until March 10)
- Montalban, Rizal – all levels, public and private
- San Mateo, Rizal – all levels, public and private (until March 13)
- Cavite – all levels, public and private (until March 14)
- Assumption College (No classes until Tuesday, March 10)
As of this writing, the Philippines confirmed 10 cases of the novel coronavirus according to DOH.
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