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Encouraging development! NCR shift to Alert Level 3 mulled

Sep 26, 2021, 5:39 AM
Opinyon News Team

Opinyon News Team

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Metro Manila may be placed under a less stringent alert level from the current Alert Level 4 set to lapse by the end of the month as health authorities report a steady decline in the number of Covid-19 cases.

THERE is a good possibility that the government may ease quarantine restriction in Metro Manila to a less stringent Alert Level 3 from the current Alert Level 4.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos made the statement as health agencies report a steady decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila, as well as the increasing numbers of residents who are now vaccinated against the virus.

In a media interview Saturday (September 25), Abalos noted the lower reproduction rate for Covid-19 recorded by the OCTA Research Group.

“There is a downward trend of the growth rate in the region. The one-week growth rate even saw negative numbers. The indications are good,” the MMDA chief added.
“Hopefully, by the end of the week, Metro Manila could be placed under Alert Level 3."

Last September 23, OCTA Research Group said the Covid-19 reproduction number in NCR is now 0.99, down from 1.03 reproduction number recorded from September 15 to 21.

There are five areas that also showed a decrease in reproduction number - Cavite with 0.87; Laguna, 0.90; Bulacan, 0.86; Cebu City, 0.66; and Davao City, 1.

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

Abalos also said 69 percent of Metro Manila residents have received jabs against COVID-19.

“Whatever variant may come, we already have a template. What is important is we keep our discipline. I hope this could be finished and we downgrade to alert level 3, and 30 percent capacity would be allowed,” he said.

During President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Talk to the People” last Wednesday (September 22), Abalos has also reported that the Covid-19 growth rate in NCR declined from 19.83 percent to 12.38 percent.

“Kung mag-one po ito, Mr. President, magpa-plateau na po tayo. So napakaganda po nito. At ang sabi din ng OCTA ay ang one week growth rate ay -18 percent,” he said.

He noted the decline a week after the pilot of the new alert level system and granular lockdowns in Metro Manila.

He said the pilot system also provided relief to some businesses as more of them resumed services under the new quarantine system.

“Sa hanay naman ng negosyo masaya ang mga tao maski kaunting puwang ang binigay eh talagang buhay na buhay po,” Abalos said.

Tags: #MetroManila, #Covid19, #AlertLevel4, #restrictions


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