PH now at low-risk for COVID-19, but ICU use still at moderate level

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) — The Philippines is now classified as low-risk for COVID-19, but use of beds in intensive care units across the country remains at moderate level, the Department of Health announced on Monday.

Although the risk classification nationwide was downgraded from moderate to low-risk, Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Zamboanga Peninsula, Cordillera, and Ilocos Region are still at moderate risk, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

The rest of the regions are deemed low-risk and no area is considered high-risk.

While the ICU utilization across the country is at moderate level, the DOH flagged the high utilization rate in Cagayan Valley at 88%, Zamboanga Peninsula at 71%, and Bicol Region at 71% as of Oct. 23.

"The decline in cases is seen at the national level and in most regions," Vergeire pointed out

"However, majority of provinces and cities in CAR, Regions 1, 2, 4B, and 9 remain at moderate to high-risk case classification with bed or ICU hospitalization rates at high to critical risk," she said.