AMID the reported Covid-19 cases over the recent weeks, Davao City, Davao Oriental, and some other municipalities remain under Alert Level 1 from July 1 to 15, 2022.

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) released the new alert level classification of the areas in the country on Tuesday, June 28

The IATF retained the Alert Level 1 classification of Davao City, Davao Oriental, some parts of Davao De Oro (Mawab, Montevista, Nabunturan, and New Bataan), and Padada in Davao Del Sur.

While the rest of Davao Del Sur, Davao De Oro, Davao Del Norte, and Davao Occidental will still be under Alert Level 2.

Presidential spokesperson Martin 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: removal of two-week growth rate in determining case risk classification. Case risk classification shall be based on average daily attack rates and their current thresholds; total beds utilization rate and its current thresholds are retained as the main metric for health system capacity; assignment of Alert Level shall be based on the revised cross-tabulation of total beds utilization rate and average daily attack rate.

Under Alert Level 1, all restrictions, including venue or transportation capacity and travel, will be removed and all businesses will be allowed to operate.

There will also no longer be restrictions for the vulnerable population such as children, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.

The public, however, is advised to continue to adhere to minimum public health protocols, particularly the wearing of face masks and maintenance of physical distancing to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in the country.

A positivity rate of under five percent for two weeks is one of the indicators that coronavirus infections are under control, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The positivity rate is the percentage of all coronavirus tests performed that come out positive.

Under Alert Level 2, intrazonal and interzonal movement will be allowed, subject to reasonable restrictions that the local government units may impose.

Select establishments or activities are permitted to operate at a maximum of 50-percent indoor capacity for fully vaccinated individuals and 70-percent outdoor capacity.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) Covid-10 tracker, Davao City has logged 108 new Covid-19 cases in the last 14 days, while Davao del Norte recorded 24, Davao de Oro with 17, Davao del Sur (10), and Davao Oriental (seven). RGL