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Hopeful for a downgrade: Metro Manila mayors shorten curfew hours

Oct 12, 2021, 6:20 AM
James Veloso

James Veloso

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said there is a "high probability" that the current Alert Level 4 status in Metro Manila will be downgraded due to the decreasing numbers of Covid-19 cases in the metropolis.

COGNIZANT of the continued downslide in Covid-19 cases, the Metro Manila Council today has decided to adjust the current curfew hours at National Capital Region.

This, as the metropolis' Covid-19 situation continues to improve, based on analysis from health experts.

Starting tomorrow (October 13), curfew hours in Metro Manilla will be adjusted to 12:00 midnight to 4:00 a.m., from the previous 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.,according to Parañaque City Mayor and Metro Manila Council Chairman Edwin Olivarez.

This, as the public awaits the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decision on whether Metro Manila's Alert Level 4 classification, which will lapse on Friday (October 15), will be extended or downgraded.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said there is a "high probability" that the current Alert Level 4 status will be downgraded due to the decreasing number of Covid-19 cases in the metropolis.

"I would say, it’s a high chance of a lowering of alert level," Roque said in a recent Palace briefing.
“For the first time po in many many months, ang Metro Manila po ay nasa (Metro Manila is under) moderate risk and that is also a factor to consider in lowering quarantine classification.”

Improving situation

The OCTA Research Group, which has been continuously monitoring the country's Covid-19 situation, said the Covid-19 "reproduction number" in Metro Manila further dropped to 0.61, from 0.74 the previous week.

Reproduction number refers to the number of people that one Covid-19 case can infect.

OCTA fellow Dr. Guido David also said the seven-day average in NCR also decreased to 1,933.

“This is the lowest since July 31 to August 6, before ECQ was implemented in the region,” David said in a tweet Tuesday (October 12).

David said the current average daily attack rate (ADAR) in NCR is 13.65 per 100,000. He added that NCR remains at moderate risk for Covid-19.

Tags: #Covid19, #curfew, #MetroManila, #AlertLevel4


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