Coronavirus outbreak updates: San Francisco high school closes, Filipino crew members on cruise ship being monitored

SAN FRANCISCO — Lowell High School in San Francisco became the first school to be closed in the city due to the COVID-19 scare. 

On Thursday morning, the city confirmed two cases of COVID-19.

“One is a man in his 90’s and had underlying health condition, the other is a woman in her 40’s and is in stable condition,” said Mayor London Breed, San Francisco.

Following this announcement, Lowell H.S. was shut down for precautionary measures, because as it turned out the parent of a student at the school was one of those confirmed cases with COVID 19.

Lowell high school is in the area of Sunset, where many Asians live in San Francisco. A number of Filipinos also study at the school.

ABS CBN News spoke to the grandmother of a Filipino student who said she’s thankful for the school’s quick action to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the Grand Princess Cruise Ship still remains docked miles away from San Francisco, where hundreds of test kids were airlifted to determine the number of passengers possibly infected with COVID-19.

One of the passengers died on the ship because of the virus.

While there are no other confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about that 100 guests are being tested for influenza-like symptoms.

The city of San Francisco is working closely with the coast guard, CDC and state officials to contain the situation.

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