Tue. May 11th, 2021

Malacañang clarified on Sunday that there will be no nationwide lockdown from December 23 this year to January 3, 2021, and that there will also be no face-to-face classes until a vaccine for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) becomes locally available.

The Palace made the clarification on the issue of a nationwide lockdown after text messages started spreading declaring such.

On face-to-face classes, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte will still not allow that until a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes locally available. The government earlier said a Covid-19 vaccine will likely be available from the second week of 2021.

Ang posisyon ng Presidente habang walang bakuna, walang face-to-face (The President’s stand is while there is no vaccine locally available, there will be no face-to-face classes),” Roque said.Earlier in the week, vaccine czar and pandemic response chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said the government was looking at proposals to allow face-to-face classes in medical schools. However, this is still being studied by the Palace. SOVEREIGNPH

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