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PH maintains its Alert Level 2 status till January 15th.

The Philippines’ Covid-19 task force has placed the entire country on Alert Level 2 from January 1 to 15, 2022, due to an increase in Covid-19 cases during the Christmas season.

“On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the recommendation to keep all provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities on Alert Level 2 from January 1, 2022, to January 15, 2022,” said Acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in a press statement.

According to Nograles, the IATF also produced an updated risk rating of countries, territories, and jurisdictions that will be in force from January 1 to 15.

Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Spain are on the “red” list of countries with a high risk of Covid-19 infection.

Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, China (Mainland), Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Fiji, Guinea, Hong Kong (Chinese Special Administrative Region), Indonesia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Montserrat, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Rwanda, Saba (Special Municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

All other countries/territories/jurisdictions not indicated above are considered to be at “yellow” risk of Covid-19 infection.

The IATF also approved the acceptance/recognition of the national Covid-19 vaccination certificate of Armenia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Kuwait, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States of America, and Oman for purposes of arrival quarantine protocols as well as interzonal/intrazonal movement, on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

This is in addition to any other countries/territories/jurisdictions whose vaccine proofs the IATF has already been approved for recognition in the Philippines and is without prejudice to any other IATF-approved vaccination proofs for all inbound tourists.

Only the proofs of immunization approved by the IATF will be accepted by the Bureau of Quarantine, the Department of Transportation – One Stop Shop, and the Bureau of Immigration.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed 889 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to over 2.8 million nationally.

This is the biggest daily case count the country has seen since November 27.

After 214 people improved, the number of people who recovered reached more than 2.7 million, but the number of people who died grew to 51,241 with 28 people dying of respiratory disease.

The optimism rate also increased to 4.5 percent, the highest level since November 13.

It’s still unclear whether the spike is due to holiday activities or the Omicron variety, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

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