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PH will remain on Level 2 alert until December 31.

From December 16 to December 31, the Philippines will be on Alert Level 2 status, Malacanang stated on Wednesday.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) decided to keep the alert level status after the Department of Health (DOH) reported the first two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the Philippines, according to Acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.

“We’re being really cautious because eto nga yung banta ng Omicron na nakikita natin sa ibang mga lugar, mga bansa, territories, and jurisdictions na may positive na Omicron lalo na local transmission ng Omicron, pataas ng pataas ang bilang ng Covid cases doon at marami pa ta We also don’t know much about Omicron yet),” he remarked in a press conference at the White House.

The novel Omicron strain of coronavirus has been verified in 77 countries, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, and is spreading faster than any previous variation.

The UN health agency has classified Omicron, which was initially discovered in South Africa last month, as a variety of concerns.

The Department of Health announced on Wednesday that two imported cases of Omicron variant were discovered among the 48 samples sequenced on December 14.

Parameters for Alert Level 1

The IATF-EID, according to Nograles, has yet to establish the requirements for moving to the least restricted Alert Level 1 status.

He also stated that the administration is working to increase the country’s Covid-19 vaccination rate. By the end of the year, the Philippines hopes to have fully vaccinated over 54 million Filipinos.

“Hindi pa talaga tayo ganun ka (We are not very) confident in opening up areas for Alert Level 1 because we still need to ramp up our vaccination,” he explained.

He added that the government is also on high alert in preparation for the homecoming of thousands of Filipino workers who have been working abroad (OFWs).

“Marami rin tayong mga kababayan na uuwi dito sa ating bansa ngayon December,” he said (Let us remember that there are many OFWs returning this December). So we’re being cautious, and tama rin naman na dapat cautious muna tayo na dapat prudent muna tayo na dapat prudent muna tayo na dapat prudent muna tayo na dapat prudent muna tayo na dapat prudent muna tayo na dapat prudent muna t

Despite the choice to delay the transition to the lowest Alert Level 1 status, Nograles believes it was the wisest decision to strike a compromise between people’s health and the economy.

“Because we want it to stay that way, ang desisyon na IATF is December 31 Alert Level 2 tayong lahat.” For the period of January 1 to 15, pag-uusapan naming muli anong mangyayari (the IATF has decided to keep Alert Level 2 in effect until December 31). “We’ll discuss what’s going to happen from January 1 to 15,” he stated.

The IATF has also established the rules for the nationwide Alert Level System for Covid-19 reaction, according to Nograles.

“Kasi yung implementation dati ng Alert Level System pa rin kasi pilot pa rin kasi pilot pa rin kasi pilot pa rin ka (The Alert Level System used to be a pilot implementation). So, very clearly, we are abandoning the existing community quarantine system or categories. “Right now, we’re fully implementing the Alert Level System sa buong Pilipinas (in the Philippines as a whole),” he stated.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported 235 new Covid-19 cases as of Tuesday, the lowest number since May 23, 2020.

The Department of Health reported 780 additional recoveries, raising the total number of active cases to 10,526 for the third week in a row.

The country’s positivity rate, at 0.9 percent out of 24,120 tests, is likewise at an all-time low. However, the Department of Health stated that the test rate is significantly lower than in recent days, owing to the fact that 12 labs were unable to submit their data.

With this, the overall number of confirmed cases has risen to 2,836,868, with 2,775,991 recovered.

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