THE alert level status left by the Duterte administration will continue to prevail until further notice, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said.

Angeles said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) is scheduled to review the matter on Monday, July 18, 2022.

Pending the review, she said the different alert level status will remain.

Majority of the areas in the country were under Alert Level 1, the lowest quarantine system the Philippines had ever reached amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Under Alert Level 1, all sorts of restrictions have been lifted aside from the mandatory observance of minimum health protocols such as the wearing of face masks and maintenance of physical distancing.

The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said that the country is experiencing anew increase in Covid-19 cases driven by the detection of more transmissible Omicron subvariant and the easing of restrictions on the mobility of people.

Despite the increase in cases, the DOH said the country’s national healthcare utilization rate remained at low risk, which meant that majority of the cases were asymptomatic to mild and home isolation will suffice.

The agency attributed the low hospitalization risk to Covid-19 vaccination but noted that the public should get their booster doses to further strengthen their protection against the fatal effects of the virus. (SunStar Philippines)