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  • UP Experts: Class Suspension Until December 2020 'Malaking Bagay' To Stop COVID-19

    The president met with his cabinet and several experts from the public health sector last night.
    by SmartParenting Staff .
UP Experts: Class Suspension Until December 2020 'Malaking Bagay' To Stop COVID-19
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  • Experts who attended a five-hour meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last night, April 20, 2020, presented scenarios and recommendations on how to flatten the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    In a virtual press briefing (scroll below to watch in full), presidential spokesperson Harry Roque gave the floor to Mahar Lagmay, PhD., who represented the UP system during that meeting. In his presentation entitled, "Visualizing COVID-19 for Anticiptory Planning," Dr. Lagmay highlighted that one of the factors that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 further is to suspend classes until December 2020.

    "Kapag walang klase hanggang December malaki ang mababawas sa transmission ng COVID-19," he said. Dr. Lagmay headed Project NOAH, a disaster response and management program, during the Aquino administration.

    Dr. Lagmay mentioned that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has been "medyo effective, at pag tinigil, tataas ulit ang mga kaso."

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    The presentation consolidated data from various experts from the national university system including statisticians, scientists, epidemiologists, mathematicians, to help Duterte make an informed decision before the ECQ deadline of April 30 is up.

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    Roque, who said that one expert reminded them as well that if there are no classes, "wala ring gra-graduate na medical, nursing graduates," emphasized that no decision has been made on ECQ and that the president has no order for a Martial-Law-like lockdown.

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    In the meeting with the president last night, Dr. Lagmay was joined by several key figures who have worked in the government and public health sector. Their opinions were sought to see what mitigation efforts can be done against COVID-19 without causing a lot of damage to the economy. Roque labeled the situation as "karapatan ng mabuhay or hanapbuhay."      

    Earlier in his press brieifing, Roque also announced the president plans to provide UP and UP-PGH a "substantial grant para ma-discover ang COVID-19 bakuna." 

    Plus, the president is offering a reward of P10 million to any Filipino who can find COVID-19 vaccine, according to Roque.

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