#WalangPasok: Class suspensions February 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Classes and work are still suspended in several Chinese-Filipino schools in Metro Manila today, February 3, 2020 (Monday) due to the threat of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
#WalangPasok: Work, class suspensions for Monday, February 3, 2020 amid nCoV threat

The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday confirmed the second case of coronavirus in the Philippines and first known death due to the virus outside China. The patient, boyfriend of the Chinese woman who was declared first nCoV patient in the country, died while undergoing treatment at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

DETAILS: PH confirms second case of novel coronavirus, first nCoV death outside China

List of class suspensions for Monday, February 3, 2020 (refresh page for the updates):

Schools advised their students of online homeworks and schedule of make-up classes.

"Make sure that students spend these days at home productively. We humbly request parents to look into their children's tasks at home in these non-school days. May we all be safe!," part of advisory from Philippine Cultural College said.

As of 12 noon on Saturday, a total of 36 patients are being monitored by DOH for possible 2019-nCoV across the country.

In China, the respiratory illness has killed 304 people while 14,380 were confirmed infected according to China's National Health Commission. A study published on Saturday by scientists from the University of Hong Kong found that the virus may have infected as many as 75,815 people in Wuhan.

The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019. It is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

— The Summit Express

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