Mon. May 23rd, 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it is still too early to say if Metro Manila or the National Capital Region (NCR) could de-escalate to less strict Alert Level 2 by February.


Citing projections, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the peak might happen by end of January or the middle of February.

“We are monitoring this everyday, but we cannot yet say if we can already de-escalate by February here in NCR,” she said in Filipino in a Laging Handa briefing.

She added that while active coronavirus cases seemed to decline in the past few days, this does not necessarily reflect the actual situation on the ground as many cases remain unreported.

“Even if we think the cases are on a decline, it’s important to note that there are individuals who are not getting tests anymore, there are also those who take antigen test but the result is not reported to DOH,” she said in Filipino.

No self-administered antigen test kits have been registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yet.

The health official said DOH is now drafting the guidelines on its proper use while the Food and Drug Administration is in the “final stages” of evaluating 11 applications from test kit manufacturers.

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