Classes in public schools in Negros Oriental province are suspended from Wednesday until Friday as precautionary measure against the possible spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a province official said Tuesday.
Provincial Information Officer Bimbo Miraflor said two sporting events scheduled for this month are also postponed.
The provincial health office advised parents of students to make sure their children stay at home during the 3-day class suspension.
Meanwhile, the provincial epidemiology surveillance unit said that 38 patients are being observed for possible infection of the 2019-nCoV, as of this posting.
They compose of staff of the hotel and resort where a Chinese couple -- who tested positive for the virus -- stayed during their trip to Dumaguete City last January.
They also include 2 pedicab drivers who were with the couple, as well as other people they came in contact with.
The Philippines recorded the first new coronavirus-related death outside of China after one of the couple, a 44-year-old Chinese man, died on Saturday.
His companion, a 38-year-old woman, was identified earlier as the country's first confirmed new coronavirus case.