MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) —

Eight areas in Metro Manila and over 20 others in various regions have been placed under Alert Level 4 by the Department of Health (DOH) over a high number of COVID-19 cases and hospital occupancy rate.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Alert Level 4 means an area has been classified as moderate- to critical-risk and has a healthcare utilization rate of 70% or higher.

Vergeire said the Metro Manila areas under Alert Level 4 are Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Pateros, Quezon City, Taguig, Malabon, Makati, and San Juan.

Several other areas in the Cordillera region and Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 were also placed under the same alert level:

Cordillera – Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet

Region 1- Ilocos Norte

Region 2 – Cagayan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino

Region 3 – Angeles City, Bataan, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Tarlac

Region 4A – Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Lucena City

Region 6 – Iloilo, Iloilo City

Region 7 – Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City

Region 8 – Tacloban City

Region 10 – Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin

Region 11 – Davao City

Region 12 – General Santos City

Vergeire made the announcement on the first day of the two-week reimposition of enhanced community quarantine — the strictest quarantine level — in Metro Manila.

DOH data also showed that nearly all areas in the capital region, except Muntinlupa, have recorded at least one case of the highly infectious Delta coronavirus variant.  (MNS)

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