Infectious disease expert favors raising COVID-19 alert level in NCR

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IF indicators can be identified and if there’s a need for the public to be more vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, infectious disease expert Dr. Rontgene Solante is in favor to bring the National Capital Region (NCR) back to Alert Level 2 status.

According to Dr. Solante, the government follows certain parameters and basis in raising or lowering the COVID-19 Alert Level, and if the increase in the number of cases is part of the indications then the implementation of a moderate level of restrictions then it should be considered.

Added restrictions, he said, can help so that the COVID-19 situation in the NCR will not become critical.

Meanwhile, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III said that the raising of the alert level depends on the current COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila, and if this within the metrics, then this will be the basis to raise the alert level for NCR to Alert Level 2.

Among the metrics Densing mentioned is if the two-week growth rate rises to 200 percent, the average daily attack rate (ADAR) is more than seven cases per 100,000 population, and the health utilization rate exceeds 50 percent.

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