/ 17 June 2021

NOT a single case of Covid19 infection has been recorded since limited face-to-face classes in medical schools in Metro Manila resumed earlier this year, the Commission on Higher Education said.

CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III said this is due to the fact that professors and students in these classes have been vaccinated.

The government allowed limited face-to-face classes for nursing, medical technology, physical therapy, and other medical-related courses.

“The first to hold face-to-face classes is UP College of Medicine who had periodic Covid19 testing, and this was also done by Our Lady of Fatima University. There has been zero Covid19 infection in their face-to-face classes,” De Vera said.

He said that 73 medical schools nationwide have been inspected and allowed to hold limited face-to-face classes.

“Others already started, some are in the middle of the semester, or about to open. There are still a number of universities up for our inspection,” De Vera said.

The only Covid19 infection was reported in Eastern Visayas.

“Our regional office is still looking at what caused the Covid19 infection there,” De Vera added.

“We will look at the data for the first batch of limited face-to-face classes. If we see that the students can be safe, we will ask for permission to expand the limited face-to-face classes to other degree programs,” the CHED chief added.