NCR stays under Alert Level 2, seven areas remain under Alert Level 3 until end-February

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 2 until the end of February, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles announced Monday.

The National Capital Region has been under Alert Level 2 since the start of February as its number of COVID-19 cases continues to dwindle. The region's 17 mayors unanimously recommended to keep Metro Manila's status for the rest of the month.

The Department of Health currently classifies Metro Manila as under moderate risk, a far cry from its critical risk status in early January.

More establishments are allowed to operate at higher capacities under this alert level, ranging from 50-70% depending on whether these are operating indoors or outdoors.

Face-to-face classes are also gradually being resumed and expanded in areas under Alert Level 2 as ordered by the Department of Education. 

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force also retained the Alert Level 3 status of several areas until the end of the month:

- Iloilo City

- Iloilo Province

- Guimaras

- Zamboanga City

- Davao de Oro

- Davao Occidental

- South Cotabato

All other areas will be under Alert Level 2 until Feb. 28.