COVID-19

Ilocos Norte under Alert Level 2 beginning November 8

John Michael Mugas
Ilocos Norte under Alert Level 2 beginning November 8

ALERT LEVEL 2. Strict border measures are in place in Badoc town, Ilocos Norte, where the province's boundary with Ilocos Sur is located.

Ilocos Norte Provincial Police

Starting November 8, Ilocos Norte will be under Alert Level 2, which is 'more relaxed' than modified general community quarantine

With the receding number of COVID-19 cases, Ilocos Norte’s quarantine classification will ease to Alert Level 2 beginning Monday, November 8, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc announced.

In a social media announcement, Manotoc confirmed on Saturday, November 6, that Ilocos Norte will be joining the expanded pilot implementation of the COVID-19 alert level system for two weeks.

Since November 1, Ilocos Norte has been under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the most lenient containment classification in the country.

The Alert Level 2 will be “more relaxed than MGCQ,” according to the governor.

Although the provincial government is yet to release more detailed guidelines on the implementation of the alert level system in Ilocos Norte, Manotoc said in his announcement that easing to Alert Level 2 means:

  • children are allowed out regardless of vaccination status;
  • establishments to be opened include amusement or kids’ industry, contact sports and other recreational activities and venues, concert and music venues, and cinemas;
  • restaurants and other establishments will also be allowed to expand their capacities to a maximum of 50% indoor and 70% outdoor capacity, provided establishment staff is fully vaccinated.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases classify areas under Alert Level 2 if their “case transmission is low, and decreasing, and health care utilization is low, or case counts are low and decreasing, but total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate is increasing.”

As of Friday, November 5, Ilocos Norte’s average daily attack rate remained to be the lowest in the Ilocos Region at 2.13 per 100,000 population.

All of the 23 towns and cities in the province are now out of the COVID-19 red zone, with only the capital city of Laoag City having more than 21 active cases. As of Thursday, November 4, active COVID-19 cases in the province stood at 115. – Rappler.com

John Michael Mugas is a Luzon-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.