DOH: Only CAR, Cagayan Valley remain at moderate risk for COVID-19

Bonz Magsambol
DOH: Only CAR, Cagayan Valley remain at moderate risk for COVID-19

WAITING. People await their turn to board on the EDSA Carousel Bus at the Kamuning Bus Stop in Quezon City on September 13, 2021.


The rest of the regions in the Philippines are under minimal to low risk for COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases in the country continued to decline, only two regions in the Philippines remain at “moderate risk,” and another at “minimal risk” for the deadly virus, while the rest of the regions are under “low risk.”

“Mayroon na lang tayong dalawang rehiyon – regions II and CAR na naiiwan na moderate risk case classification. Dahil even though their two-week growth rates are already negative, mataas pa po kasi and their ADARs are still above 7,” said Department of Health (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau Director Alethea de Guzman on Tuesday, November 2.

(We only have two regions that are under moderate risk classification – Region II and CAR. Because even though that their two-week growth rates are already negative, these are still high and their average daily attack rates are still above 7.)

Meanwhile, virus epicenter Metro Manila is now low risk for COVID-19. De Guzman, however, noted that the National Capital Region showed “a slowing down in decline as daily case decrease by 14% in the recent week.”

For the period of October 19 to 25, Metro Manila COVID-19 cases dropped by 36% compared to the previous week.

“May nakikita tayong pagbagal sa ating pagbaba (We’re observing a slow decline in COVID-19 cases). It is still going down but the decline is slower than the previous weeks,” De Guzman said.

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) was the lone area at “minimal risk”

5 areas in PH still under alert level 4

The health official also flagged five areas in the country that are under alert level 4.

  • Catanduanes
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Negros Oriental
  • City of Santiago

She noted that these areas have either high risk hospital bed utilization or high risk intensive care unit utilization.

Independent group Octa Research, which has been studying the coronavirus pandemic in the country, said that Metro Manila is now ready to ease to alert level 2 from alert level 3.

Under Alert Level 2, most businesses are allowed to operate. Other activities that the government has placed restrictions on are allowed at 50% indoor venue capacity for fully-vaccinated individuals and at 70% outdoor venue capacity. This includes limited face-to-face classes for basic education, which is subject to the President’s approval.

Despite the decline in cases, the DOH urged the public to continue following the minimum public health protocols. –

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.