Palace: We are prepared for possible Alert Level 4 in NCR

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) — The government is prepared in case Metro Manila reverts to the second to the highest alert level as the region deals with an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections, Malacañang said Tuesday.

“Yes,” said acting presidential spokesman Karlo Nograles when asked if the government may decalare an Alert Level 4 in the capital region. “As mentioned by Usec. Bong Vega, we have been preparing naman, our hospitals, and which is why there’s a call to increase the bed capacities ‘di ba. There’s a call to increase the capacities of our TTMFs (temporary treatment and monitoring facilities) or isolation facilities.”

Along with real time updates on the health workers and augmentation of medical frontliners, Nograles said these measures are being done “in preparation for that eventuality.”

“Kung mild naman at asymptomatic, we’ll have to step them down to the isolation facility or kung pwwedeng mag-home quarantine [or they can undergo home quarantine] so that we have more beds reserved for those who need it most. But if it reaches to the threshold, then we should be prepared,” said the Cabinet Secretary.

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Metro Manila mayors prefer to keep the region under Alert Level 3 for now. MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the region appears to be already under “Alert Level 4 by proxy,” especially with establishments and individuals alike acting like the region is already under a stricter classification. 

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 3 until Jan. 15.