MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday announced that the first quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) scheduled on Thursday has been canceled to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“In view of thereof, the conduct of the CY 2020 First Quarter NSED on 12 March 2020 at (2 p.m.) is hereby canceled to ensure public health safety of the drill participants and to prevent the possible risk of contracting Covid-19,” the NDRRMC said in a memorandum signed by Executive Director Ricardo Jalad.
Covid-19, which was first detected in Wuhan City in Hubei province in China, has so far infected 110,000 people with the global death toll placed at more than 3,800.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines has climbed to 24 on Monday night.
Jalad also urged all chairpersons and members of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council at the national, regional, provincial, city, municipal levels and barangay disaster risk reduction and management committees, heads of national government agencies, constitutional offices, state universities and colleges, government-owned and controlled corporations, and private stakeholders to take maximum and continuous precautionary measures prescribed by the Department of Health regarding the Covid-19 threat. (PNA)