NCR, 7 other areas remain under GCQ beginning February 1

Marje Pelayo   •   January 29, 2021   •   1167

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced on Friday (January 29) that the National Capital Region (NCR) will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) in February. 

Also, several areas including the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batangas Province, Tacloban City, Davao City, Davao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur and Iligan City will also be under GCQ.

Meanwhile, the Philippines will no longer extend the recently imposed travel restrictions on 36 countries and administrative regions after the entry ban lapses on Sunday (January 31).

Nevertheless, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said foreign nationals who are not allowed entry into the Philippines will remain barred including holders of tourist visas.

Meanwhile, those who are allowed to enter need to go through standard procedure and serve the 14-day mandatory quarantine requirement.

Those who are allowed to enter the Philippines include foreigner parents of Filipinos of minor age and with special conditions; accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents who are holders of proper visas; and foreigners who are holders of long-term and investor visas. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

6 more areas placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3

Robie de Guzman   •   January 28, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Six more provinces in the country have been placed under COVID-19 Alert Level 3, Malacañang announced Friday.

In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the following areas have been escalated to Alert Level 3 after its was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Thursday:

  • Palawan
  • Camiguin
  • Davao Occidental
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Tawi-Tawi
  • Sulu

The new designation of alert level status will take effect from Friday, January 28 until February 15, Nograles said.

COVID-19 alert status sa NCR para sa Pebrero, posibleng ianunsyo sa weekend – Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – Inaasahang iaanunsyo ng Malakanyang sa weekend ang susunod na COVID-19 Alert Level status na ipatutupad sa National Capital Region (NCR) para sa buwan ng Pebrero.

Sa Enero 31 mapapaso ang Alert Level 3 na ipinaiiral sa NCR.

Ayon kay Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, magpupulong sa Huwebes ang Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) upang talakayin ang magiging alert level sa NCR sa gitna ng patuloy na pagbaba ng mga kaso ng COVID-19.

Ayon kay Nograles, sisiyasatin ng IATF ang utilization rate ng hospital beds pati na ang average daily attack rate at two-week growth rate ng COVID-19 sa rehiyon.

Una nang sinabi ni Health Secretary Francisco Duque III na malaki ang posibilidad na luwagan sa Alert Level 2 ang NCR dahil sa downward trend ng coronavirus infections.

Ngunit para sa Philippine Medical Association (PMA), dapat manatili ang istriktong pagsunod ng publiko sa health protocols anuman ang maging antas ng COVID-19 restrictions na ipatupad sa NCR.

“Ang palagi naming ine-emphasize kahit anong alert level yan dapat yung minimum health protocols ang pagsikapan natin mapatupad… Importante pa rin is magpabakuna tayo,” ang pahayag ni Dr. Benito Atienza, ang pinuno ng PMA.

“Yun po sinasabi natin na sana hindi matulad po yung pagbaba ng alert bago po mag christmas at mag new year na talagang pag alert 2 po eh yung mga tao wala na sila pakundangan na makahawa at mahawa kasi dikit dikit ang mga tao kahit sinabi namin nung una pa na kahit anong alert level ang gawin natin kung hindi naman nasusunod ang patakaran eh ganun pa rin ang mangyayari,” dagdag pa niya.

Maliban sa NCR, tiniyak rin ng pandemic task force na nakatutok rin ito sa COVID-19 situation sa iba pang lungsod at lalawigan na nakakapagtala ngayon ng mataas na antas ng hawaan.

Partikular na binabantayan ay ang CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Ilocos Region, at Cordillera Administrative Region.

Ayon sa Malakanyang, inatasan na ng IATF ang regional task forces na dagdagan ang COVID-19 bed capacities sa kani-kanilang mga lugar upang matugunan ang pagtaas ng kaso.

Muli ring paalala ng mga otoridad na severe at critical cases lamang ang dapat i-admit sa ospital habang sa isolation facilities naman dapat mamalagi ang moderate at mild cases ng COVID-19.

NCR reaches peak of COVID-19 cases — DOH, OCTA

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) and the OCTA Research Group are in agreement that the National Capital Region (NCR) has reached the peak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

The two agencies said the number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila is now expected to go down come February.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said this development is brought about by the consecutive days wherein the 7-day average growth rate in the NCR has been seen to go down.

“Lumalabas nag-peak na at nakikita natin ilang araw nang sunod sunod na bumababa ang kaso ng NCR at lumiliit ang porsyentong iniaambag nito sa ating total case load,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, the latest projection of the OCTA Research Group showed that the growth rate of the virus in Metro Manila has decreased to -50 and the production rate has slowed down to 1.03.

OCTA said they expect the COVID-19 cases in the region to go down in the coming weeks.

OCTA fellow Prof. Guido David said that based on their monitoring, Metro Manila has reached its peak of COVID-19 cases on January 10, wherein the number of positive cases in the region breached the 18,000 mark.

“Simula January 14, masasabi natin na patuloy nang bumababa yung bilang ng kaso hanggang sa ngayon. Kahapon nga 5,000 na lang. So malaki na ang ibinaba from 18,000 down to 5,400. Ang laking improvement,” David said.

“At kaya nga yung projection natin hopefully patuloy na yan hanggang Valentines, baka less than 1,000. Baka end of February baka less than 500 na lang. At mababalik na natin yung kalagayan natin tulad nung nakita natin nung November and December sa buong bansa. Pero sa Metro Manila pa lang yan,” he added.

Based on their study, OCTA said that COVID-19 cases in the NCR will go down to as low as 1,000 by February.

This data, the group said, may be used by the government in determining whether to place the region under a more relaxed alert level restriction.

However, Duque said that this development is not yet a parameter to come up with the decision to ease the alert status in the NCR to Alert Level 2.

This, he said, still calls for the review and consideration by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

“Pero paguusapan pa rin yan mamaya sa IATF or rather on Thursday. Baka kailangan na kailangan ay tingnan na rin kung talagang malinaw na ang health care utilization ay nagkaroon na ng pagbabaklas o decoupling. Kumbaga tumaas ang kaso okay pa yung mga severe critical nasa baba so may decoupling, kung tawagin. Baka pagusapan yan pwede na at mababa to alert level 2,” Duque explained.

He added that based on the DOH monitoring, the hospital bed and ICU utilization in the NCR is now at low risk.

On the other hand, such is not the case in areas outside the NCR.

Duque said, healthcare utilization rate in several areas of the country are now at high to critical risk which the IATF is closely monitoring.

Meanwhile, OCTA Research also reported that decreasing COVID-19 cases are also recorded in the provinces of Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Aileen Cerrudo)

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