The Department of Health (DOH) announced that nearly 100 areas in the Philippines are considered under the highest alert level for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“For now, we have 97 areas in the country where we are at Alert Level 4. And when we talk about Alert Level 4, your hospital utilization is more than 70% already,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an interview with ANC.

“It is that risk that we need to monitor, and we need to augment our resources so that we can further expand.”

Vergeire hoped that vaccinations would help alleviate the number of severe and critical cases in hospitals. 

“Hopefully, in the coming days, we’ll be able to have a reduction in the number of cases in the hospitals,” she said.

The Philippines is still under high-risk classification for Covid-19, posting a positive two-week case growth rate of 18% and an average daily attack rate of 18.56 cases per 100,000 population, the DOH said. Ronald Espartinez