NCR mayors want Alert Level 2 status kept until Feb. 28

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The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has recommended the extension of the Alert Level 2 status in the National Capital Region (NCR) until the end of February.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Up to when is the recommended extension of the Alert Level 2 status in Metro Manila?

    The mayors in the National Capital Region are recommending that the current status level be maintained until February 28.
  • What are the reasons for the recommendation?

    The mayors are saying that maintaining the status would help preserve, maintain, and improve the economic gains and advancement in health care and could mitigate super spreader events. 
  • Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Officer Officer-in-Charge and General Manager Romando Artes said that mayors unanimously approved MMDA Resolution 22-04.

    MMC Resolution 22-04

    The aforementioned resolution cited the Department of Health’s COVID-19 situationer last February 12, stating that the region accounts for 32 percent of the confirmed cases in the country and that the Risk Classification and Health Systems Capacity by local government units showed that only five of the 17 Metro Manila cities have a low-risk classification while the rest are considered with moderate risk based on growth rate and average daily attack rate.

    The mayors expressed belief that maintaining the current alert status will help preserve, maintain and improve the economic gains and advances in health care.

    MMC Resolution 22-04

    Further, the MMC also said that relaxing the alert level may “potentially result in super spreader events in the region” as the campaign season for the upcoming May 2022 election starts.

    Relatedly, Artes appealed to the public and organizers to practice caution in public places. “We have seen a lot of candidates holding political activities such as motorcades and caravans. Hence, we do not want a COVID-19 super spreader event,” he reiterated.

    Photos from Ruben D. Manahan IV, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

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