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Covid-19’s NCR has been reduced to moderate risk,’ according to the Department of Health.

A health official stated on Friday that Metro Manila is now at “moderate risk” for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), down from a high-risk case categorization.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a Palace briefing that the National Capital Region (NCR) saw a 67-percent decline in cases from the previous week.

“Ang mga kaso po nang husto at dumating na tayo sa intermediate risk classification,” Vergeire remarked.

In a seven-day moving average, the NCR recorded an average of 4,398 daily Covid-19 instances, compared to an average of 13,298 new cases last week, she added.

The case rate in the NCR Plus (Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal) has also fallen, according to Vergeire, with Bulacan and Rizal being lowered to a moderate risk categorization.

She added the Department of Health (DOH) is keeping a close eye on the situation in the Visayas and Mindanao, particularly in the areas with the most cases, such as Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and the Davao region.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the acting Presidential Spokesperson, said the government would declare the new alert level status of Metro Manila and other areas this weekend.

Until January 31, the NCR is on Alert Level 3.

The decision to change the alert level status in Metro Manila, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, will be based on the characteristics of the Covid-19 scenario.

“Iyan po natin aalamin kung magde-escalate tayo from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2.’

Yung tinatawag nating two-week growth rate sa ngayon ay nasa ngayon ay nasa ngayon ay nasa ngayon ay nasa So ibig sabihin talagang bumagal na yung pagkalat ng virus (We’ll see if we can de-escalate from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2, with the two-week growth rate now down to negative, indicating that the virus’s spread has slowed), the Omicron variant in particular, “In an interview on Friday, Duque said at the ceremonial handover of Australian aid in Paraaque City.

According to Duque, health care utilization rate, total hospital Covid-19 bed capacity, and intensive care unit capacity are among the criteria that are now at low risk.

“All of this will indicate that the time for de-escalation has arrived,” he continued.

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