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NCR, 7 other areas under Alert Level 2 starting February, Palace says

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NCR, 7 other areas under Alert Level 2 starting February, Palace says
City health officials of Biñan, Laguna innoculate residents at the Alonte Sports Arena on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Many of the new recipients are workers getting the shot for the first time as the DOTr was about to implement the "no vaccine, no ride" policy in Metro Manila.
The STAR / Geremy Pintolo

MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces, along with other areas in Visayas and Mindanao, are back to Alert Level 2 starting February 1, the Palace said. 

This was confirmed by Malacañang on Sunday, according to reports. The complete list of new areas under Alert Level 2 is as follows:

Luzon

  • Metro Manila
  • Batanes
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Rizal

Visayas

  • Biliran
  • Southern Leyte

Mindanao

  • Basilan

Under Alert Level 2, the maximum operational capacities for several businesses and activities is 50% for indoor venues, fully vaccinated persons, and those below 18 years of age, even if unvaccinated and 70% for outdoor venues provided all workers of the establishments are fully inoculated against COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the following areas will be under Alert Level 3 during the same period:

Luzon

  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Baguio City
  • Benguet
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Dagupan City
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Santiago City
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Angeles City
  • Aurora
  • Bataan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Olongapo City
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Lucena City
  • Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Puerto Princesa City
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Masbate
  • Naga City
  • Sorsogon

Visayas

  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Bacolod City
  • Capiz City
  • Iloilo City
  • Iloilo
  • Negros Occidental
  • Guimaras
  • Cebu City
  • Lapu-Lapu City
  • Mandaue City
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Ormoc City
  • Tacloban City
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte
  • Northern Samar
  • Western Samar

Mindanao

  • Isabela City
  • Zamboanga City
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Bukidnon
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Iligan City
  • Lanao del Norte 
  • Misamis Occidental 
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Davao City
  • Davao del Sur
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • General Santos City 
  • North Cotabato 
  • Sarangani
  • South Cotabato
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Butuan City
  • Maguindanao
  • Cotabato City
  • Lanao del Sur

The Philippines is currently in the middle of a surge attributed to the more transmissible Omicron variant. Alert Level 2 is the same alert status the country was under before the current surge began in late December. 

According to the OCTA Research Group, the capital region along with Cavite and Rizal are back to the "moderate risk" classification for COVID-19. 

This comes despite the positivity rates in those areas still being at least 20%, which means that one in every five tests for the coronavirus comes out positive. 

When the national government's coronavirus rolled out its new alert system, it explained that Alert Level 2 will be hoisted in areas where case transmission is low and decreasing, healthcare utilization is low, or cases are low but increasing, or cases are low and decreasing but bed utilization and ICU utilization is increasing.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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LATEST UPDATE: July 30, 2022 - 4:09pm

President Rodrigo Duterte signs Executive Order No. 151 adopting the alert level system for nationwide rollout.

Under the order, the alert level system will be implemented in four phases.

  • Phase 1: NCR, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Davao region
  • Phase 2: Ilocos, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao
  • Phase 3: Cagayan, Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Phase 4: CAR, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, BARMM

— Main photo: AFP/Ted Aljibe

July 30, 2022 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health announces that Metro Manila remains under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 until August 15.

July 16, 2022 - 10:15am

 

Current COVID-19 alert levels in the country to stay put, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles announces Saturday.

“The status quo holds for our alert levels, which the IATF will be reviewing on Monday,” she says in a text message sent to reporters. 

June 15, 2022 - 5:31pm

Malacañang announces that Metro Manila will remain under the most lenient Alert Level 1 from June 16 to 30 despite an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the capital region. — The STAR/Alexis Romero

April 13, 2022 - 9:03am

Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 1 from April 16 to 30, Malacañang announces.

April 6, 2022 - 5:08pm

President Rodrigo Duterte says he won't lift the alert levels yet because other areas are still grappling with pandemic infections.

"You know almost everyone wants to go back to zero or (Alert Level) 1. That cannot be because some areas still have (infections). Until such time that we only have one or two (cases) all over the country, Alert Level 1 would still be a good, like a buffer for us," Duterte says.

"Let us not lift that first until we are very sure that everything is really all right especially in our area because it would reinfect and reinfect and then there is a new mutant, we might have problems," he adds. — Alexis Romero

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