Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

The mayors of Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) see no need to place the entire of the metropolitan region under Alert Level 4.


This, as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concurrent Metro Manila Council Chairman Benhur Abalos announced that NCR will remain under Alert Level 3.

“The Metro Manila mayors see no need to escalate the National Capital Region’s alert level status and have unanimously agreed to retain the region on Alert Level 3 amid recorded high Covid-19 infection numbers,” said Abalos in a statement.

He also noted that the healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) in the metropolis between January 8 and January 9 only showed a slight increase, which is still within the metrics for Alert Level 3.

The MMDA said that based on the Department of Health’s (DOH) statistics, ICU beds were at 51 percent last January 8 and rose to 52 percent last January 9. Isolation beds went from 51 percent to 50 percent on the same dates. Ward beds noted an increase from 62  percent last January 8 to 65  percent last January 9. Ventilators, on the other hand, registered a decrease from 27  percent to 26  percent on the said dates.

“We are consistently monitoring the region’s HCUR rate and we assure that the NCR mayors are ready in case the metrics show the need to escalate Metro Manila to Alert Level 4,” Abalos said.

Based on monitoring, the MMDA chairman also noted that the public have been self-regulating in the past few days, citing less traffic on the road and lesser people in the malls.

Further, Abalos underscored the importance of vaccination, citing records from the DOH that 85 percent of critical and severe Covid-19 cases and 93 percent of deaths are from unvaccinated Filipinos.

Meanwhile, Abalos advised asymptomatic to moderate cases to seek medical advice via telemedicine to avoid congestion of hospitals.

He also asked for understanding from the unvaccinated, emphasizing that the Metro Manila Council resolution restricting the mobility of unvaccinated individuals was aimed to help them and it only applies when Metro Manila is under alert level 3 or higher.

Abalos likewise appealed to the public not to panic, assuring them that the DOH, Inter-agency Task Force, and the LGUs are on top of the situation.

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