NCR COVID-19 alert level likely to be downgraded by Oct. 16- DILG exec

Published October 13, 2021, 9:14 AM

by Chito Chavez

The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) alert level in Metro Manila will probably be lowered by Oct. 16 with the improved health situation in the area, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said Tuesday night, Oct. 12.

Densing explained that the probable relaxed restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) may be imposed on the basis of the recent COVID-19 situation improvements like the decrease in new cases and the hospital utilization rates.

Interviewed over ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, Densing noted that the current “ICU (intensive care unit) utilization rate’’ of 68 percent is considered moderate while the COVID bed utilization is at 50 percent.

He added that the average bed utilization rate was between 9,000 to 10,000 cases a day for the past seven days compared to the 15,000 to 16,000 two weeks ago adding that NCR also has a negative growth rate.

The DILG official also stated that the government is looking at testing the COVID-19 alert level system in local government units outside Metro Manila.

“Namili na rin po kami ng mga lokal na gobyerno sa labas ng National Capital Region kung kailan masisimulan na rin ‘yung alert level system (We already chose the local government units (LGUs) outside the National Capital region when we can also start the alert level system),’’ Densing said.

Densing clarified that it is the Department of Health (DOH) that will announce the final alert level in the coming days.

However, it was not mentioned on what alert level Metro Manila will likely be placed with the improved COVID-19 health situation.

Metro Manila is currently under Alert Level 4 in the new five-tier COVID-19 alert system which is being pilot tested and is a strategy against the virus based on the growth of COVID-19 cases in an area, hospitals and intensive care utilization rates. (Chito A. Chavez)