The Philippines on Wednesday tallied another 16,989 new infections of COVID-19 on the eve of a new alert-based quarantine system that will place Metro Manila under the second strictest set of rules.
The day's cases brought active cases to 170,446, with cumulative total since the pandemic began to 2,283,011. There were 214 deaths and 24,123 new recoveries bringing the running totals to 35,742 and 2,076,823.
MECQ in the capital region is expected to end on Sept. 15, and will follow a new alert-based granular lockdown system starting Sept. 16.
Metro Manila will be under Alert Level 4, which is the classification given to areas with high case counts, total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at high utilization. There will be no authorized persons outside residence under this alert level.
Interior Sec. Eduardo Año on Tuesday said Metro Manila mayors agreed to implement only one alert level for the entire region.