MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Interagency Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has raised the COVID-19 Alert Level of 26 areas in the country to Alert Level 2 from April 15 to April 30, 2023.
The Department of Health officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire and Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos signed Resolution No 6-C series of 2023 on April 14, declaring COVID-19 Alert Level 2 in 26 areas in the country.
DOH released a statement later on April 23, clarifying that the alert level for the 26 provinces and cities has not escalated but has been maintained since June 2022.
“While these areas have reached low risk classifications for cases and utilization rates, these have vaccination rates lower than 70% of the target total and population and/or 70% of the total A2 population (senior citizens). Meeting these targets will allow these areas to be de-escalated to Alert Level 1. Also, no province or city has been escalated to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 1 since January 2023,” wrote DOH.
Areas under Alert Level 2 are mandated to implement restrictions such as a 50 percent capacity in establishments indoors for fully vaccinated adults and a 70 percent capacity outdoors.
Areas under Alert Level 1 permit intrazonal and interzonal travel with no restrictions based on age and comorbidities.
Below is the full list of areas under Alert Level 2:
- Quezon Province
- Camarines Norte
- Negros Occidental
- Cebu Province
- Negros Oriental
- Western Samar
- Lanao del Norte
- Davao de Oro
- Davao del Norte
- Davao del Sur
- Davao Occidental
- North Cotabato
- Sultan Kudarat
- Dinagat Islands
Other areas in the Philippines are under Alert Level 1, including Metro Manila. – WhatALife! Anthony
Also read: IATF Alert Level Update, August 1 to 15, 2022
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