MANILA – The alert level status in Metro Manila will be raised anew from the current Level 2 to Alert Level 3 on Jan. 3 to 15, 2022, Malacañang announced on Friday.
In a press briefing, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases decided to shift to a more stringent alert level status as the country saw a spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections.
After 12 days of active cases below 10,000, the number increased to 10,418 on December 29 and was at 14,233 by year-end after 2,961 new cases.
The Department of Health also confirmed 10 new cases of the Omicron variant, with three of the local infections already recovered.
“Nakita naman natin sa mga nakaraang araw ay nag-increase exponentially ang mga kaso dahil sa Holiday activities kung saan tumaas ang movement ng mga tao at bumaba ang compliance sa minimum public health standards. Isa rin sa dahilan ang detection ng local cases ng Omicron variant (We saw an exponential rise during the past days because of the Holiday activities where there were increased movement and compliance with minimum public health standards may have been disregarded. Local cases of the Omicron variant were also detected),” he said.
Nograles cited a “high possibility” of a local transmission of the Omicron variant.
Under Alert Level 3, establishments or activities shall be allowed to operate or be undertaken at a maximum of 30 percent indoor venue capacity for fully vaccinated individuals only and 50 percent outdoor venue capacity, provided that all workers of the establishments are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Agencies and instrumentalities of the government shall remain fully operational and shall adhere to at least 30 percent on-site capacity while applying work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements. (PNA)