IATF amends guidelines in setting of alert level classifications

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THE Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) today approved the recommendation of the Sub-Technical Working Group for Data Analytics to use of new guidelines in the setting of alert level qualifications in provinces, highly urbanized cities, independent cities, independent component cities, and municipalities.

The new guidelines will be effective starting July 1 up to July 15, 2022.

According to Acting Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Martin Andanar that among those in the matrix used as basis for the Alert Level System that will be modified were the removal of the two-week growth rate in determining case risk classification, which shall now be based on the average daily attack rates (ADAR) and its current thresholds.

Also, the total bed utilization rate and its current thresholds are retained as the main metric for health system capacity, while the assignment of Alert Level shall be based on the revised cross tabulation of total beds utilization rate and average daily attack rate.

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