Alert Level 2 possible for Metro Manila if cases continue to rise: DOH

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Commuters wearing face masks as protection against COVID-19 ride a train in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2022. The Department of Health (DOH) said that Metro Manila’s COVID alert system could be raised to Alert Level 2 due to the rising number of infections. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Commuters wearing face masks as protection against COVID-19 ride a train in Manila, Philippines, on April 26, 2022. The Department of Health (DOH) said that Metro Manila’s COVID alert system could be raised to Alert Level 2 due to the rising number of infections. (Photo by Lisa Marie David/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health (DOH) said that Metro Manila’s COVID alert system could be raised to Alert Level 2.

In an interview on Monday (June 13), Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the possibility of Alert Level 2 will always be there especially if cases continue to increase.

Currently, Metro Manila is under Alert Level 1 until June 15.

“Ang kailangan pong maintindihan ng ating mga kababayan (But what the public needs to know), we are learning to live with the virus. Alam po nating hindi aalis ang virus na ito (We know that this virus will never be gone). It will stay with us,” Vergeire said on TeleRadyo’s Sakto.

“So, ito pong mga sakit na nagkakaroon ng mild at asymptomatic (these mild and asymptomatic case), it should be acceptable to the population. Ang pinaka-importante hindi pa natin nakikitang tumataas ang severe and kritikal na mga kaso at hindi pa rin po nagkakaroon ng problema sa ating mga ospital (What’s important is we are not seeing an uptick in severe in critical cases and there is no problem yet in our hospitals),” she continued.

Thirteen out of 17 local government units in NCR have a positive two-week growth rate of COVID-19 cases.

However, Vergeire assured that while the growth rate is positive, the number of cases is still insignificant in terms of crippling hospitals’ operations, as hospital admissions remain manageable.

Kapag tinignan po natin ‘yung kanilang mga average daily attack rate saka ‘yung mga kaso na tinatala sa bawat area, nakikita naman po natin that is not still significant because it is not affecting the admissions in the hospitals,” added Vergeire.

(When we look at their average daily attack rates and cases logged in each area, we see that it si not still significant because it is not affecting admissions in the hospitals.)

The health official noted that the slight rise in COVID-19 cases may be attributed to mobility, presence of transmissible subvariants, and the decreasing immunity of COVID-19 vaccines due to low booster shot coverage.

The country on Sunday (June 12) logged an additional 308 confirmed cases, raising the active cases to 2,918.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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