Change to alert level 4 possible once the HCUR increases: Palace

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(ANP photo by Avito C. Dalan)

MANILA РThe national government will not hesitate to increase the alert level in the National Capital Region (RCN) and neighboring regions if the health care utilization rate (HCUR) reaches the alert level threshold 4, Malaca̱ang said on Monday.

This, according to Acting Presidential Spokesman, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles after the Department of Health (DOH) announced that there is a likelihood that Metro Manila will go to Alert Level 4 from Level 4. current alert 3 amid rising number of Covid-19 cases.

“We actively monitor all metrics and parameters na dapat natin tignan (which we need to examine) and even beyond that. From the time, hindi pa po siya tumatama doon sa tatlong metric natin (it does not respond to metrics) enough for us to declare alert level 4. But immediately pag tumama po ‘yan (when this is the case), we will not hesitate to declare alert level 4 in any zone or to raise any zone to alert level 3 ”, he said. stated in an interview on Headstart of ABS-CBN News Channel.

Nograles explained that to qualify for a move to a higher Alert Level 4, the country’s two-week growth rate, Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR), and healthcare utilization rate should all be at “high” levels.

He said the first two measures are currently high, but the healthcare utilization rate remains at a “moderate” level.

“Right now, ang Metro Manila The NASA (is) moderate pa tayo sa (in terms of) the total use of beds, so it is not enough for us to declare alert level 4, ”he added.

Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) technical sub-working group (sTWG) on data analysis recommended implementing an increase in bed capacity availability in hospitals. and temporary processing and monitoring facilities (TTMF) in the NCR and surrounding areas (RNC Plus).

NCR Plus is made up of NCR and the neighboring provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan and Rizal.

He said that the availability of health workers would also be part of the qualifications to determine a “functional” health capacity.

“We are also looking to update the available healthcare workers natin to be integrated into the functional capacities in beds. So hindi lang siya dapat tignan ‘yung (So ​​we should not only be looking at) the physical beds available in hospitals, but also the number of healthcare workers available. So this will now become our equivalent of a functional bed capacity, ”he said.

He added that the National Task Force (NTF) against the Covid-19 Healthcare Facility Subgroup and the DOH Knowledge Management and Information Technology Department have been tasked with increasing telehealth capacity. and telemedicine outside the NCR.

Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing and vaccination efforts will also be stepped up, he added.

Fewer hospitalizations

Meanwhile, Nograles expressed optimism that getting a full Covid-19 vaccine and receiving booster shots would keep the country’s healthcare utilization rate from reaching alarming levels.

“This is what we are seeing right now, those who are fully vaccinated only have mild symptoms or are even asymptomatic or resolve within two days, three days… This is where the effect of the full vaccination comes in. at stake. We are seeing fewer hospitalizations from being fully immunized, ”he said.

He renewed his appeal to the public to get his full vaccine and get his reminders to protect himself and others from Covid-19.

“We need to vaccinate and boost more people,” he added.

The Philippines recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in one day since the start of the pandemic on Sunday with 28,707 new cases bringing the total number of cases to 2,965,447.

The positivity rate has also increased to 44% of the 77,479 tests performed, more than double the 19.60% last week, and well above the 5% threshold of the World Health Organization which indicated controlled transmission of the disease. (ANP)

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