Metro Manila classified as 'low-risk' area for COVID-19
People queue for their COVID-19 vaccine at the SM City San Lazaro in Manila on June 22, 2021.
The STAR/Miguel de Guzman

Metro Manila classified as 'low-risk' area for COVID-19

Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) - June 23, 2021 - 3:15pm

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila is now classified as “low-risk” area for COVID-19 as infections continue to go down, the Department of Health said Wednesday.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea De Guzman said the number of cases in the capital region decreased by 23% in the last two weeks.

The average daily attack rate (ADAR) of Metro Manila dropped to 5.7 from 7.43, De Guzman added. ADAR refers to the number of new cases in an area over a two-week period, divided by the population there.

The average daily cases in Metro Manila decreased to 685 from June 16 to 22. It was lower than the average of 825 new cases per day from June 9 to 15.

De Guzman said the capital region is “exhibiting a slow decline after a plateau.”

“The goal now is to push it down even further so that we reach our pre-enhanced community quarantine levels of less than 500 [cases],” she said.

Metro Manila was placed under stricter lockdown in March along with four nearby provinces. The government has since put it under general community quarantine, where various restrictions has been eased. 

Plateauing trend

Meanwhile, Caraga, Davao region and Soccsksargen in Mindanao; and Western Visayas are classified as “high-risk” areas due to high average daily attack areas

The health official said that while there are some improvements in the critical care capacity of areas in Visayas and Mindanao, utilization is still reaching high to critical risk levels.

Nationally, COVID-19 numbers are exhibiting a “plateauing trend” but there are “signs of slow increase,” De Guzman.

The Philippines has so far reported over 1.36 million COVID-19 cases, including 23,809 deaths. Of the total, 3.9% are active cases.

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LATEST UPDATE: July 29, 2021 - 11:27am

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July 29, 2021 - 11:27am

The station commander of Police Station 3 of the Quezon City Police District has been relieved from duty after it was found that police officers still waiting for the results of their COVID-19 tests were deployed to secure the State of the Nation Address.

Eighty-two officers have since been found positive for the coronavirus.

"In view of the apparent breach of protocol when most of these PNP personnel were deployed for SONA duties even if they were still waiting for their RT-PCR results, I have already ordered the administrative relief of the Station Commander, Police Station 3 of the QCPD, for command responsibility," Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar says in a statement.

"This should serve as a reminder to all our commanders to exercise prudence and to strictly abide with our existing protocols amid the serious threat of COVID-19, especially with the rising number of infection from the Delta variant."

July 24, 2021 - 3:23pm

The Metro Manila Council says the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew hours are back in Metro Manila amid the threat of Delta variant of COVID-19 effective tomorrow, July 25.

July 23, 2021 - 10:36am

The National Capital Region will be placed under General Community Quarantine "with heightened restrictions" from July 23 to 31, the Palace says.

The last time that "heightened restrictions" were imposed, the government allowed only essential interzonal — or between areas with diferent classifications — travel.

Indoor dining was allowed at 20-percent seating capacity and outdoor dining was limited to 50-percent capacity.

Tourist attractions were allowed to operate at 30-percent capacity.



June 21, 2021 - 4:54pm

Manila allows walk-in clients in all vaccination sites following low vaccination turnouts reported in the city.

Mayor Isko Moreno issued the directive at 4:30 p.m., Manila Public Information Office says.

Manila City started its no-walk in policy on Monday, resulting to low vaccination turnouts.

June 16, 2021 - 12:25pm

Quezon City may terminate its contract with Zuellig Pharma Corp. over "technical difficulties" on its eZConsult service that have prevented residents from signing up for COVID-19 vaccination slots.

"We have issued an ultimatum to Zuellig so they can improve their system quickly and provide all the deliverables. If not, we have no other choice but to find another company that can do the job quickly and efficiently," QC Mayor Joy Belmonte says in a press statement.

The eZConsult system bogged down in June 10, 2021, the QC government said, "causing the city government’s inability to provide vaccines to its constituents in a quick and timely manner."

It said the city may also seek damages from the company over the inconvenience that the technical difficulties caused.

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