Marcos retains COVID-19 alert levels, eyes new classifications

The government keeps the prevailing COVID-19 alert levels in different areas, but it is planning to impose a new classification scheme by the second week of August, Malacañang said on Monday, July 19.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. retained the COVID-19 Alert Level System for the time being, Malacañang said on July 19.

Marcos, however, is eyeing imposing new restriction classifications “that are compatible with the current milder strains” of COVID-19 by mid-August.

The alert level could be adjusted or improved if more people get COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, the President added.

Only 15,592,533 Filipinos have already received a booster shot out of more than 70 million fully vaccinated individuals, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Marcos stressed the importance of an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine as he has just recovered from his second bout with the disease after testing positive for the virus last July 8.

This latest development means that Cavite and Metro Manila remain under Alert Level 1 despite an uptick in COVID-19 infections pending the new restriction classifications.

As of July 18, Cavite still has 885 active carriers of COVID-19 based on the data of the DOH-Calabarzon.

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