Metro Manila, 47 other areas under Alert Level 1 until end-March

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15)— Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 1 until the end of March, Malacañang announced on Tuesday.

The capital region joins 47 other areas which will be placed under the lowest COVID-19 risk classification from March 16 to 31, acting presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said in a statement.

Here is the complete list of areas under Alert Level 1 starting Wednesday:


Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela, Quirino, Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon, Naga City, Catanduanes


Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo City, Cebu City, Siquijor; Biliran, Ormoc City, Tacloban City


Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Davao City, Butuan City

The areas not on the list will be placed under Alert Level 2 for the same period, Andanar said.

Under Alert Level 1, establishments, activities, and public transport are allowed to operate at full capacity in accordance with the minimum public health standards.

Those aged 18 and above are required to present COVID-19 vaccination cards upon entry into establishments and before participating in mass gatherings.

EXPLAINER: What you need to know under Alert Level 1

Nationwide, the Department of Health logged 4,131 new coronavirus infections for the week of March 7 to 13. The daily average was at 590 new cases — 35% lower than the previous week's number.