16 of 17 Metro Manila localities under highest alert level for COVID-19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — Except the City of Manila, the localities in the National Capital Region are placed under Alert Level 4 due to the steady rise in COVID-19 infections and hospital bed utilization, the Department of Health announced on Monday.

Sixteen of the 17 localities in the region are under Alert Level 4. Manila is under Alert Level 3.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said all cities and municipality in the capital region have a positive two-week growth rate and high-risk average daily attack rate. They are "high-risk" when it comes to COVID-19 cases.

The localities differ in healthcare utilization rate. Manila has a bed occupancy rate lower than 70%, while the 16 others are ranging from 70% to full capacity.

The region's health systems capacity is at high risk with its ICU utilization at 74%.

Vergeire said Metro Manila is reporting a daily average of 4,974 new COVID-19 infections daily.

The National Capital Region will ease to more relaxed general community quarantine from Sept. 8 to 30 as it is set to pilot test localized lockdowns, Malacañang said on Monday.

The entire country remains under high-risk classification.