Children were due to return to school at the end of August but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the risk is too great [Toto Lozano/AP]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will not allow students to go back to school until a coronavirus vaccine is available, even as some countries resume in-person classes.

Without a vaccine, sending children to school “spells disaster”, Duterte said during a televised address late on Monday.

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“I will not allow the opening of classes where students will be near each other,” he added. “Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to be talking about opening of classes.”

Children were due to return to school at the end of August after classes

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