(Bloomberg) --

The Philippines will defer opening of classes to early October from end-August as coronavirus cases in the region’s worst outbreak continued to rise to nearly 148,000.

The postponement is meant to give the education department more time to ensure that virtual classes will proceed smoothly, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said in a memorandum Friday.

With Students at Home, Philippines to Use Schools for Quarantine

Infections that are rising by the thousands and the unavailability of gadgets and Internet connection for some students are complicating moves to restart classes in the Southeast Asian nation.

©2020 Bloomberg L.P.