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Metro Manila remains on Level 2 alert until December 31.

Despite the discovery of a third Omicron variant case in the country, the Covid-19 Alert Level 2 status in Metro Manila will be maintained for the rest of the year, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

The vaccine czar stated that any changes to the alert level status will be based on the Department of Health’s epidemiological recommendations, which will take into account critical parameters such as case surge and hospitalization rate.

“We would raise our alert level if the cases are high, particularly critical cases, and the assault rate increases,” Galvez said at a media briefing at a mall vaccination site in Taytay, Rizal.

According to Galvez, the number of Covid-19 cases in the country is continuing to fall, with only 9,592 current infections as of Monday.

“Thank God, we were able to retain our low positive rate.” Actually, there are some regions where the positive rate is less than 1%,” he noted.

Despite this, he warned the public not to get complacent in the face of the downturn.

“For the time being, we’ll just keep the alert level, but the vaccine will be greatly accelerated.” Simultaneously, we will review our preparations in terms of treatment, quarantine facilities, and hospital treatments, as well as local government unit (LGU) reactions,” he said.

Galvez said that border control measures against the Omicron variety are also in place.

“We expected that,” he continued, “even though we prepared a good response in terms of tight border controls.” “Despite the liberalization of our economy, the low instances and figures were maintained.”

Galvez congratulated local governments and the private sector for their proactive participation in the national Covid-19 vaccination days for the second time.

“And we’ve already surpassed our goal of administering 100 million vaccines across the country, with 40 percent of the population now completely vaccinated.” “That’s a significant achievement,” he remarked.

The decision to impose lockdowns or upgrade the alert level status should be based on the stated parameters of number of cases, assault rate, and two-week growth rate, according to Secretary Vince Dizon, the Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response and NTF deputy chief.

“As we’ve mentioned,” Dizon said, “we should take advantage of our low cases to prepare for the Omicron variant, including speeding up our vaccine program.”

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