Recent technical glitches in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) gathering system did not influence the judgment of the new alert level classification in Metro Manila. 

“It had no impact in the assessment or the computation of metrics we use in assessing kung ano iyong (the) alert level classification for National Capital Region,” The Department of Health (DOH) chief epidemiologist Alethea de Guzman said during an online media forum.

She said the identification of the new classification is based on the number of cases and health care utilization rates, which are culled from other storage systems.

Initial reports showed that Metro Manila should remain under Alert Level 4. But De Guzman explained that slight changes to the metrics to assess the NCR’s alert classification may have an effect on the result. 

Base sa metrics na una nating ginamit para i-classify kung ano iyong alert level ng NCR, nakikita natin na naiwan pa ang National Capital Region under Alert Level 4,” de Guzman said.

“We’ll see kung mayroon man tayong pagbabago sa metrics…Ito ba’y magta-translate into a different alert level for the National Capital Region,” she added. Ronald Espartinez