The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday said zero Covid-19 cases were detected among participants of limited face-to-face (F2F) classes in Metro Manila.

In a “Laging Handa” briefing, Education Secretary said the agency had yet to record a positive case since F2F classes for basic education started on Nov. 15.

“In the last weeks sa report natin ay walang actual Covid positive na naitala, we have had monitoring and referral doon,” he said.

The undersecretary said available data covered all participating pilot schools.

Barring drastic instances, the agency could expand the F2F classes to more schools nationwide, Malaluan said.

“Sana ay hindi magbago itong pag-trend ng ating pagmo-monitor. It’s been very positive and we are anticipating a recommendation towards expansion,” he said.

“But the actual number of how many, assuming na mag-expand tayo will still be dependent on the schools being able to meet the criteria for school safety assessment and readiness, and that they are located in areas that are categorized as Alert Levels 1 and 2 next year,” he added.

Nearly 300 Philippine schools have been approved to conduct F2F classes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. John Ezekiel J. Hirro