Zubiri: Stricter measures needed against Covid-19
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri called for an early end to the 2019-2020 academic year due to concerns over the localized spread of the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19. In a statement forwarded to members of the media, he said the government cannot afford a slow reactive response to the virus and urged for a more proactive approach.
The senator said, by ending the school year early, it will allow for students to stay “safe at home” and, at the same time, allow schools to be disinfected.
“There are only a few days left until the summer break so we should ask the Department of Education (DepEd) to just order the early break,” he said, noting, other countries have taken similar measures.
Zubiri is also calling for stricter measures and protocols in handling the virus.
“We don’t want to create panic amongst our people but that was the initial complacency [in] countries like Iran, South Korea, and Italy,” he explained. “Now, they have thousands of cases and hundreds of deaths.”
The senator also urged the Department of Health (DOH) to make testing kits available at all hospitals in order for anybody exhibiting symptoms to be tested immediately.
“I don’t think this is excessive,” he said. “We have seen how the virus has completely terrorized other countries.”
Over the weekend, DOH confirmed the country’s sixth Covid-19 case. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III recommended a “state of public health emergency” declaration to President Rodrigo Duterte.
In response, the president agreed with the recommendation and is expected to issue an order today./DGB, WDJ