2019-NCOV ARD scare halts Cviraa

THE Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) has been postponed by the Department of Education (DepEd)-Region 7 due to the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD).

DepEd regional director Salustiano Jimenez said that the region is following the directive from the DepEd Central Office to suspend the activities this month.

The 2020 Cviraa meet, which is a qualifying event for the Palarong Pambansa, is supposed to take place from Feb. 22 to 29 in Dumaguete City. The city also hosted Cviraa last year.

Cviraa is expected to gather thousands of student-athletes aged 17 and below to compete in various sports.

The competing divisions are Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Dumageute City, Cebu Province, Tagbilaran City, Mandaue City, Danao City, Bayawan City, City of Naga, Talisay City, Bogo City, Toledo City, Bais City, Siquijor, Guihulngan City, Carcar City and Tanjay.

The athletes will vie for medals in archery, athletics, arnis, badminton, billiards, baseball, basketball, 3 on 3 basketball, boxing, chess, football, futsal, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, tennis, table Tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, wushu, pencak silat, gymnastics, aero gymnastics and dancesport.

Dumaguete City is one of the three places visited by the two Chinese nationals who tested positive of the 2019-nCoV ARD. They were the first confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV ARD in the country.

The 44-year-old Chinese male died on Saturday, while the 38-year-old Chinese woman has been confined at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila.

The death of the Chinese male was also the first reported death of a person positive for 2019-nCoV ARD outside China. (RSC)