(UPDATED) The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, August 6, 2021, announced that alert levels have been assigned to each province, highly urbanized city and independent component city based on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) case growth, hospital utilization rates and the presence of the Delta variant.
In a virtual press conference, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 37 areas have been assigned Alert Level 4, the highest classification, while 42 areas are under Alert Level 3.
"We assigned alert levels because we are in a crisis and there is a need for urgent action from government," she said. The alert levels will trigger specific action points to address the crisis, she added.
Areas under Alert Level 4 are those with moderate to critical risk classification and more than 70 percent healthcare utilization regardless of the presence of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Those under Alert Level 4 are: