The National Capital Region (NCR) is ready for a less restrictive Alert Level 2 within the next 14 days, according to a senior research fellow of the group monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic.
OCTA Research group senior research fellow Dr. Guido David said the NCR can be placed under Alert Level 2 despite the emergence of the “Delta Plus” or AY.4.2 subvariant in other nations.
“Sa totoo lang, wala naman tayong nakikitang variant na threatening sa ngayon… ‘yung AY.4.2., nasa lineage naman sya ng Delta variant so ‘yung threats natin ay kokonti lang (In reality, we do not see any variant that could threaten us now….the AY.4.2, which is in the lineage of the Delta variant, so the threats now are lesser),” he said.
The NCR is under Alert Level 3 until November 14. Business groups and Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria Concepcion 3rd have been clamoring for the lowering of the current alert level to Alert Level 2 to also allow more businesses to reopen or increase their capacity.
Among the regions in the Philippines, the NCR currently has the highest vaccination rate against Covid-19.
OCTA Research earlier said that all local government units (LGUs) in the NCR are now classified as low risk for Covid-19 infection based on metrics.
Although some LGUs had a one-week growth rate, all 16 cities and one town had reproduction numbers less than 0.9 percent.
“This means all LGUs in the NCR are on a downward trend,” the group said in its latest report.
Navotas City is classified “very low risk” based on all indicators – average daily attack rate (ADAR), 1.48 percent; reproduction number, 0.27; healthcare utilization, 20; and intensive care unit utilization, zero.