Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez doubts that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will revert Metro Manila to Alert Level 2 amid the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Lopez told reporters in a Viber message the country needs to “sustain economic recovery.”
This, as the utilization rate of health care facilities remains low despite the increase in weekly cases in 14 out of 17 cities and municipalities in NCR.
“We have already learned by now that mild Covid cases and low ICU utilization rate should not lead to escalating the alert level,” Lopez said.
The Department of Health on Monday said there is a possibility that NCR may revert to alert level 2 if cases continue to rise.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has proposed lifting the state of public health emergency, as the Philippines was classified as a low-risk country by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (PNA)
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