St. Paul College suspends classes due to H1N1

Posted at 06/19/09 3:53 PM

Another school has suspended its classes due to a confirmed case of influenza A(H1N1) virus.

The St. Paul College in Pasig City suspended its Friday classes after one of its student tested positive for the new influenza virus.

Officials said the suspension was declared to give way to the disinfection of the entire school for three days. Classes will resume on Monday.

More than a dozen schools around the country, except in Mindanao, have confirmed cases of A(H1N1) infection.

The Lourdes School of Mandaluyong City and the Don Alejandro Roces Sr. Science and Technology High School in Quezon City have suspended classes due to confirmed infections.

The other schools with confirmed A(H1N1) cases are University of the Philippines-Diliman, Miriam College, Ateneo High School, De la Salle University-Taft, Mapua Institute of Technology in Makati, College of St. Benilde-DLSU, Far Eastern Universit-East Asia College, Dominican College in San Juan City, Lagro Elementary School, St. Andrews College Parañaque, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College in Marikina City, Hilera Elementary School in Jaen, Nueva Ecija, Doña Candelaria Meneses Duque Memorial High School in Bulacan and Philippine Science High School in Eastern Visayas.

No new cases

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday afternoon reported that there has been no new confirmed A(H1N1) cases in the Philippines in the past 24 hours.

Duque said the country's A(H1N1) cases remains at 344. He said 262 of these cases have fully recovered.

“All of these 344 confirmed cases were mild in nature, both those who are currently under treatment and those who have been sent home,” Duque said.

As Duque continued to downplay Filipinos' fears, he said people should not be "too complacent." He said the government continues to monitor changes in the virus' trends and patterns.

The health secretary said majority of the infected patients are residents of Metro Manila with 234 cases or 68 percent of the total number of cases, followed by Central Luzon with 45 (13 percent), and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) with 31 cases or 9 percent.

Of the 234 cases in Metro Manila, 81 came from Quezon City, 44 from Manila, 21 from Parañaque City and 15 from Makati City.

Duque added that 305 of the confirmed cases are Filipinos.

“The rest are Japanese (6), American (4), Australia (1), China (1), India (1), Iran (1), Korea (1) and Sweden (1). The remaining 22 did not specify their nationality,” he said. He added that 101 cases had travelled in the United States, Japan and China.