Metro Mayors Recommend Alert Level 1 in NCR by March 1

With all restrictions lifted.
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

Metro Manila mayors unanimously agreed to lower COVID restrictions for roughly 13 million people to the lowest level, Alert Level 1, starting March 1 as the omicron surge continues to slow down, the head of their council said Wednesday.

Should the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 approve the mayors' recommendation, it will be the first time for any region in the country to be placed under Alert Level 1 or the "new normal", wherein restrictions on mobility and business hours will be mostly removed.

"Ito pong Alert Level 1 na ito, proper implementation, minimum health standard, palagay ko po unti-unti na makaka-recover ang ating economy at gustong-gusto po 'yan ng ating mga negosyante," said Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who heads the Metro Manila council.

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The recommendation was based on data from the region's city epidemiology units, Olivarez told DZRH radio.

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Olivarez said the Department of Health also classifies Metro Manila as at "low risk" for COVID, meaning usage of intensive care units and COVID beds in hospitals is below 30%. He said 80% of the region's population is vaccinated.

President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with the IATF on Thursday.

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