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NCR mayors want Alert Level 3 to remain despite COVID-19 case surge

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The mayors of Metro Manila’s 17 local government units have unanimously agreed to retain the alert level 3 for the region despite the record high number of COVID-19 cases logged in recent days.

In a press briefing, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and concurrent Metro Manila Council Chairman Benhur Abalos noted that the healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) in the metropolis between January 8 and January 9 only noted a slight increase which is still within the metrics for alert level 3.

Based on the Department of Health’s statistics, ICU beds were at 51% last January 8 and rose at 52% last January 9. Isolation beds went from 51% to 50% on the same dates. Ward beds noted an increase from 62% last January 8 to 65% last January 9. Ventilators, on the other hand, registered a decrease from 27% to 26% on the said dates.

“We are consistently monitoring the region’s HCUR rate and we assure that the NCR mayors are ready in case the metrics show the need to escalate Metro Manila to alert level 4,” Abalos said.

The MMDA chairman appealed to the public not to panic, assuring them that the Department of Health, Inter-agency Task Force, and the LGUs are on top of the situation.

“We need the cooperation of all. Let us follow the guidelines set by the DOH and continue to observe minimum health protocols,” he said.