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Manila schools go on 'health break' amid Philippine COVID surge

Educators call for strict enforcement, citing risks to teacher, student health

Students seated on chairs with plastic barriers attend class after schools in the Philippines' capital reopened in December.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Schools in Metro Manila and the surrounding region are on a weeklong "health break," as COVID-19 infections surge in the country just a month or so after schools reopened following one of the world's longest classroom closures.

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