NCR remains under Alert Level 3 until end-January

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — The National Capital Region will remain under Alert Level 3 until Jan. 31 despite the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, Malacañang announced on Friday.

Acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said this comes as the region's healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) has yet to reach at least 71%, which is the minimum value for Alert Level 4.

NCR mayors earlier recommended to keep the Alert Level 3 status for Metro Manila beyond Jan. 15​, likewise citing slight increases in the region's HCUR and the "self-regulation" among establishments and consumers alike.

Face-to-face classes, contact sports, amusement parks, live concerts, and casinos are prohibited in Alert Level 3 areas. Operations of select establishments and tourist attractions are also limited to 30% indoor and 50% outdoor venue capacity.

More areas placed under Alert Level 3, others under Alert Level 2

Nograles also announced more areas were placed under Alert Level 3 in addition to the 28 announced yesterday

These are:

CAR: Baguio City, Ifugao, Mountain Province

Region 1: Dagupan City, Ilocos Sur

Region 2: City of Santiago, Cagayan

Region 3: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Zambales

Region 4-A: Rizal, Baangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena city

Region 4-B: Marinduque, Romblon

Region 5: Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Naga City, Sorsogon

Region 6: Iloilo City, Iloilo Proivince, Negros Occidental, Guimaras

Region 7: Lapu-Lapu City, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental

Region 8: Ormoc City, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Western Samar

Region 9: City of Isabela, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga Del Sur

Region 10: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental

Region 11: Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte

CARAGA: Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte

BARMM: Lanao Del Sur

Alert Level 2 was also imposed in certain places from Jan. 16 to 31:

CAR: Apayao

Region 2: Batanes

Region 4-B: Palawan, Puerto Princesa City

Region 5: Masbate

Region 7: Siquijor

Region 9: Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay

Region 10: Camiguin, Lanao Del Norte

Region 11: Davao De Oro, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental

Region 12: North Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat

CARAGA: Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Norte

BARMM: Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi

The Philippines reported an all-time high in daily COVID-19 cases on Thursday at 34,021 – pushing the nationwide tally to over 3.09 million.