Sat. Sep 25th, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) has detected the presence of the Delta variant in most of the localities in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Felipa Tabladillo, 86, receives a dose of China’s Sinovac Biotech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination site for bedridden and persons with disabilities, in Makati city, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire initially said that “16 out of the 17 cities in NCR are with Delta variant cases out of August 5.”

Among the local government units in NCR, DOH data shows that Las Piñas has the highest number of Delta cases at 23, followed by Pasig with 21 cases, city of Manila with 16 cases, and Malabon with 12 cases.

This has prompted the government to place parts of NCR and over 25 others nationwide under Alert Level 4 due to the high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

At an online briefing Friday, Vergeire said that under Alert Level 4, healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) is higher than 70 percent and classified as moderate- to critical-risk.

In Metro Manila, areas under Alert Level 4 are Quezon City, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Makati, Malabon, San Juan and Pateros.

Also under Alert Level 4 are Cordillera Administrative Region – Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet; Region 1- Ilocos Norte; Region 2 – Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino; Region 3 – Angeles City, Bataan, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac; Region 4-A – Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Lucena City; Region 6 – Iloilo, Iloilo City; Region 7 – Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City; Region 8 – Tacloban City; Region 10 – Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin; Region 11 – Davao City; Region 12 – General Santos City.

Vergeire said the highly transmissible Delta variant had been detected in all cities in Metro Manila.

“These alert levels will give us triggers on what we need to do and what our flagged areas are,” Vergeire said partly in Filipino.

For areas under Alert Level 1 are considered minimal- to low-risk and with a negative two-week case growth rate and HCUR lower than 50 percent. This also means transmission and the HCUR are low and there is no Delta variant case recorded.

Areas under Alert Level 1 are Region 4-B – Palawan; Region 5 – Camarines, Norte, Albay; Region 7 – Negros Oriental; Region 8 – Biliran; Region 9 – Zamboanga Sibugay; BARMM – Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan.

Vergeire said the Philippines now averages 8,284 new coronavirus cases per day from July 31 to Aug. 6. 

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