THE Department of Health (DOH) is looking at the possibility of declaring Alert Level Zero as the COVID-19 situation in the country continues to improve.
Data revealed that cases have started to plateau in several areas as severe and critical cases continue on a downward slope.
However, DOH Office-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire emphasized that if the country indeed slides to a zero-alert level, Filipinos should still observe health protocols and other standards because the virus that causes COVID-19 and its variants are still around and transmission is still very much possible.
Vergeire said though it recommends bringing the COVID-19 alert level in the country to zero, it will still be up to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to decide on the issue.
Just recently, the DOH detected a lone case of the new Omicron subvariant, the XBB.1.5 called “Kraken,” in the Philippines. The case was revealed to have no recent travel history and unknown exposure. It noted that the patient recovered already and experienced only mild symptoms, and close contacts were all asymptomatic
The other subvariant is called the CH.1.1 or the “Orthrus,” which the World Health Organization tagged as a variant under monitoring “due to its increasing prevalence and potential for immune escape.”