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Mandatory mask removal is dependent on Covid-19 measurements.

The Covid-19 parameters being tracked nationally will determine whether the face mask requirement is lifted, an infectious diseases specialist said on Monday.

Dr. Rontgene Solante stated that one of the factors being taken into consideration for the requirement of face masks during a televised public briefing.

So, he added, “If the healthcare usage rate is less than 50%, we can go optional on the mask.”

He said that if the average daily attack rate increased, the government would not for the use of face masks to be discontinued.

Earlier, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. stated that if it is obviously safe, the government may consider making face masks optional.

“If we do away with the face mask mandate, the first to be impacted, or to become optional, is the wearing of a face mask outdoors because of the risk for the indoor,” Solante added.

Currently, he continued, “talagang we have to monitor especially now that the positivity rate is increasing while the healthcare utilization rate is remaining stable (we really have to monitor especially now that the positivity rate is increasing while the healthcare utilization rate is remaining stable).”

The National Capital Region’s optimism rating was 8.3 percent last week and is now 10.9 percent as of July 9.

Aklan, with a positivity rate of 24.9 percent, Antique, 17.8 percent, Batangas, 11.3 percent, Capiz, 18.8 percent, Cavite, 14.9 percent, Iloilo, 11%, Isabela, 10.3 percent, Laguna, 18.2 percent, Nueva Ecija, 14 percent, Pampanga, 16.5 percent, Rizal, 16.6 percent, and Tarlac, with a positivity rate of 16.7 percent, are some other regions with positive

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