Palace adviser sees PH ‘ready to move out’ from alert levels by March or April
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Secretary Joey Concepcion is seeing that the Philippines will be ready to live without the COVID-19 alert level system by March or April.
Concepcion on Monday said that they will meet with the private sector to develop a COVID-19 exit plan.
“We will craft a plan on how each sector can develop their exit plan. The idea eventually is to reach a point wherein there are no more alert levels, we develop a standard protocol,” Concepcion said during the Laging Handa briefing.
“So, I think we will eventually get there. I think by March, sometime that period, palagay ko [I think] April, I think we will be ready to move out from alert levels ‘no,” he said.
The government has been implementing the COVID-19 alert level system since September 2021. Alert Level 1 is the most lenient while Alert Level 5 is the most stringent.
It was first piloted in Metro Manila in a bid to protect the people while aiming to spur the country’s economy from the pandemic’s impact.
Under the system, granular lockdowns would be imposed in select areas with high COVID-19 infections and not the whole community.
The country on Sunday registered 16,953 new COVID-19 cases, driving the overall caseload to 3,545,680.
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