/ 3 August 2020

THE PAMANTASAN ng Lungsod ng Maynila will be put under a two-week lockdown after recording new infections of Covid19 among school staff.

The PLM announced on its social media pages that employees will adopt strict work-from-home arrangements as four staffers have been confirmed to be positive of the virus.

Only ‘highly-essential’ employees will be allowed to enter the campus premises.

It disclosed recording three probable and one suspected cases, with two recoveries and one fatality.

The decision was made following an emergency meeting of the PLM Covid19 Task Force on Sunday.

“We are taking this two-week timeout as an extra precaution as we acknowledge the current health situation in our campus, in the City of Manila, and in the country. We are hoping that in our own way, we can prevent further Covid19 infections within our community,” University President Emmanuel Leyco said on the PLM Facebook page.

As among the country’s honing ground in the medical field, PLM also backed calls by health authorities to give the health sector some ‘breathing room’ after months of being in the frontline fighting the deadly virus.

“As a university which produces doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, we believe it is necessary to respond to the public health crisis by listening to science and the inputs of medical experts,” read the PLM advisory.

The sudden development meant all transactions will be carried out online for the next two weeks which includes enrollment of freshmen on August 3.

The Manila-funded school also announced it will procure rapid testing kits which will be used for employees returning to work.