4,084 COVID Cases Logged on First Day of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila

Facing holiday surge.
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The Philippines on Monday tallied 4,084 new COVID-19 cases on the first day of Alert level 3 in Metro Manila.

The day's tally brought active cases to 24,992, with a total of 497 new recoveries and 16 new deaths reported.

Overall, a total of 2,855,819 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 2,779,241 have recovered and 51,586 died.

The capital region will be under Alert Level 3 until Jan. 15 after infections increased in the days following Christmas.

Under the stricter alert level, operating capacities for restaurant dine-in, cinemas, and gyms will be reduced, and face-to-face class, funfairs, and contact sports will be restricted.

According to the MMDA, Metro Manila mayors agreed "in principle" to ban unvaccinated persons from leaving their residences for non-essential trips, including dining out.

Tourist destinations like Baguio City also closed borders to tourists due to the threat of the more transmissible Omicron variant.

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In total, the Philippines has 14 confirmed Omicron variant cases, the Department of Health said.

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