Malacañang on Tuesday said the alert level in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) may be eased in time for the holiday season should the drop in Covid-19 cases be sustained.
Citing the Department of Health (DOH), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said authorities will consider downgrading Metro Manila’s current Alert Level 3 status to Alert Level 2 depending on the region’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) and health care utilization.
“Well,the DOH has spoken—there is a huge chance that it will be eased. We are just waiting for the ADAR to decrease from 7.7 to 7 percent,” he said in a Palace press briefing partly in Filipino.
Despite the drop in Covid-19 numbers, Roque emphasized the importance of the continued adherence to minimum public health standards.
“Although data shows that we can lower the alert level of Metro Manila, it is important not to let our guard down. Let’s not think that this pandemic is over and let’s continue wearing our masks, washing our hands, and physical distancing,” he added in Filipino.
Roque said some social gatherings are already allowed on a limited capacity under Alert Level 3.
Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces namely Cavite, Laguna, Rizal are currently under Alert Level 3 until Nov. 14.
As of Tuesday, the DOH reported 2,303 additional cases of Covid-19, the lowest single-day new infections that brought the country’s total tally to 2.793 million.
Recoveries reached 2.708 million after 4,655 got better while deaths reached 43,404 after 128 succumbed to the respiratory disease.