The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Wednesday said zero Covid-19 cases were detected among medical school students who had started attending limited face-to-face classes in Metro Manila.

In a Laging Handa briefing, CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera said the medical schools in the National Capital Region that were earlier approved by the commission to reopen were compliant with health measures.

“Doon sa mga nauna na nagsimula…zero infection ang kanilang face-to-face,” he said.

De Vera said the guidelines crafted by the CHEd and the Department of Health (DOH) were effective in ensuring the safety of students.

“Kung talagang tututukan iyong compliance sa guidelines, health protocols at iba pa, ligtas ang mga estudyante dito sa ginagawa nating limited face-to-face,” he said.

However, there was a case of infection in Eastern Visayas.

“Ang infection so far na na-monitor pa lang ng CHEd ay nangyari sa Region VIII, kaya’t pinag-aaralan ng regional office ng CHEd kasama ng mga pamantasan kung ano ang dahilan at nagkaroon ng infection. Pero sa ibang region at doon sa mga naunang mga malalaking pamantasan, ang infection ay kontrolado,” de Vera said.

As of Wednesday, 73 medical schools nationwide have been inspected by the CHEd, DOH and local government units and approved for limited reopening. John Ezekiel J. Hirro