AMID the increase in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases over the recent weeks, majority of the provinces and highly urbanized cities in the country will remain under Alert Level 1, the Inte-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

In a statement, presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar said Metro Manila will remain under Alert Level 1, the lowest quarantine classification so far.

In Cebu, the cities of Cebu, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay City, as well as the municipalities of Alcoy, Borbon, Oslob, Pilar, Santander, and Tudela will also be under Alert Level 1 from July 1 to 15.

Other areas under the lowest level are the following:

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) -- Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, Mountain Province; Buguias and Tublay in Benguet and Kiangan, Lagawe (Capital) and Lamut in Ifugao

Region I (Ilocos) -- Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan

Region II (Cagayan) -- Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino

Region III (Central Luzon) -- Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales

Region IV-A (Calabarzon) -- Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena City, Rizal, and Atimonan, Candelaria, City of Tayabas, Dolores, Lucban, Mauban, Pagbilao, Plaridel, Polillo, Quezon, Sampaloc, San Antonio, Tiaong, and Unisan in Quezon Province

Region IV-B (Mimaropa) -- Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City, Romblon; Calintaan, Looc, Lubang, and Rizal in Occidental Mindoro and Cagayancillo and Culion in Palawan

Region V (Bicol) -- Albay, Catanduanes, Naga City; Basud, Capalonga, Daet (Capital), San Vicente, and Talisay in Camarines Norte; Bombon, Cabusao, Camaligan, Caramoan, Goa, Iriga City, Pamplona, Pili (Capital), Presentacion (Parubcan), San Fernando, San Jose, and Tigaon in Camarines Sur and Balud, City of Masbate (Capital) and Mandaon in the province of Masbate

Region VI (Western Visayas) -- Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo Province, Iloilo City; Anini-Y, San Jose (Capital), Sebaste, and Tobias Fornier (Dao) in Antique and Cadiz City, Candoni, City of Talisay, City of Victorias, Enrique B., Magalona (Saravia), La Carlota City, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Sagay City, San Enrique and Valladolid in Negros Occidental

Region VII (Central Visayas) -- Siquijor; Batuan, Calape, Corella, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Lila, Loay, Loboc, Maribojoc, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sevilla, Sikatuna, and Tagbilaran City (Capital) in Bohol; Amlan (Ayuquitan), Bacong, Dauin, Dumaguete City (Capital), Valencia (Luzurriaga) and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental

Region VIII (Eastern Visayas) -- Biliran, Eastern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City; Albuera, City of Baybay, Dulag, Javier (Bugho), La Paz, Matag-Ob, Matalom, Palo, Tunga and Villaba in Leyte; and Allen, Capul, Lapinig, Lavezares, San Antonio, San Jose, and Victoria in Northern Samar; and Marabut, Pagsanghan, Paranas (Wright), Tarangnan and Zumarraga in Samar (Western Samar)

Region IX (Zamboanga Peninsula) -- Zamboanga City; Dapitan City, Dipolog City (Capital), Jose Dalman (Ponot), Labason, Manukan, Piñan (New Piñan), Polanco, Rizal and Salug in Zamboanga del Norte; Kumalarang, Labangan, Lapuyan, Mahayag, Molave and Ramon Magsaysay (Liargo) in Zamboanga del Sur; and Alicia, Buug, Diplahan, Ipil (Capital), Siay and Tungawan in Zamboanga Sibugay

Region X (Northern Mindanao) -- Bukidnon, Cagayan De Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Bacolod, Baroy, Kauswagan, Lala, Linamon, and Tubod (Capital) in Lanao del Norte

Region XI (Davao Region) -- Davao City, Davao Oriental; Mawab, Montevista, Nabunturan (Capital) and New Bataan in Davao de Oro and Padada in Davao del Sur

Region XII (Soccsksargen) -- South Cotabato; Antipas, Arakan, City of Kidapawan (Capital) and President Roxas in North Cotabato and City of Tacurong, Kalamansig and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat

Caraga -- Butuan City, Surigao Del Sur; Cagdianao, Dinagat, Libjo (Albor), Loreto, and Tubajon in Dinagat Islands and Claver, Dapa, General Luna, Mainit and Tagana-An in Surigao del Norte

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) -- Cotabato City; Bumbaran, Ditsaan-Ramain and Wao in Lanao del Sur; South Upi and Upi in Maguindanao and Turtle Islands in Tawi Tawi

The provinces of Sorsogon, Agusan Del Norte and Agusan Del Sur were downgraded to Alert Level 1 from Alert Level 2 in the past 15 days.

Meanwhile, the following areas remained under Alert Level 2:

CAR -- The rest of Benguet and Ifugao

Region IV-A -- The rest of Quezon Province

Region IV-B -- The rest of Occidental Mindoro and Palawan

Region V -- The rest of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Masbate

Region VI -- The rest of Antique and Negros Occidental

Region VII -- The rest of Bohol, Cebu, and Negros Oriental

Region VIII -- The rest of Leyte, Northern Samar, and Samar (Western Samar)

Region IX -- City of Isabela and the rest of Zamboanga Del Norte, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay

Region X -- The rest of Lanao Del Norte

Region XI -- The rest of Davao De Oro, Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, and Davao Occidental

Region XII -- The rest of Cotabato (North Cotabato); General Santos City (Dadiangas), Sarangani, and the rest of Sultan Kudarat

Caraga -- The rest of Dinagat Islands and Surigao Del Norte

BARMM -- The rest of Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi

Andanar said the IATF adopted new matrices to be used for the implementation of the Alert Level System in the country.

The matrix used as basis for the Alert Level System shall be modified as follows:

1. Removal of two-week growth rate in determining case risk classification. Case risk classification shall be based on average daily attack rates and its current thresholds;

2. Total beds utilization rate and its current thresholds are retained as the main metric for health system capacity;

3. Assignment of Alert Level shall be based on the revised cross tabulation of total beds utilization rate and average daily attack rate. (With CLC/SunStar Philippines)