Alert Level 2 in NCR possible — DoH

The Department of Health (DoH) on Monday, 13 June floated the possibility of placing Metro Manila under Alert Level 2, should Covid-19 cases continue to increase.,At the moment, Metro Manila is under the most lenient Alert Level 1 until 15 June.,“The possibility would always be there. If cases continue to increase, hospital admissions may also rise,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a radio interview.,“Therefore if that happens, we will shift and escalate to Alert Level 2,” Vergeire said.,The statement came after the country on Sunday reported 308 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number of reported infections in nearly two months.,Earlier, the DoH also noted that 13 out of 17 local government units in Metro Manila have reported increases in cases in recent weeks.,Despite the increase in cases, Vergeire clarified that there is no significant increase in hospital admissions.,“If we look at their average daily attack rate and the number of reported cases, we can say that it is still not significant because it is not affecting the admissions in the hospitals,” she said.,Later in the day, the DoH said that the escalation of an alert level will depend on the metrics set by the country’s pandemic task force.,“The DoH clarifies that the possibility of escalation of the Alert Level is dependent on the metrics of our Alert Level System in accordance with the IATF Guidelines,” the statement read.,“As long as the admissions and severity of cases in the hospitals do not affect our healthcare utilization rate, Alert Level 1 is still in effect. But, we have to be mindful that continuing increases in the cases might lead to escalation of the Alert Level,” it added.