The Philippines is now at “low risk” for Covid-19, the Palace said on Tuesday.

Acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said that the risk level was based on the country’s growth in cases, average daily attack rate per 100,000 population and health system capacity.

“All of the progress we have made to bring down the number of cases is a product of our collective efforts…We urge everyone to remain conscious of our health protocols as we work to build on the progress we continue to make,” Nograles said in a Palace briefing.

The country’s Covid-19 case count decreased to 72,305 on Feb. 15, the first time the number was below the 75,000 mark since Jan. 6.

The low-risk classification was a positive sign for the country, which experienced a surge in Covid-19 cases due to the highly infectious Omicron variant.

As of Feb. 14, the country has more than 61.6 Filipinos fully vaccinated, more than 61.2 million partially vaccinated and more than 9.16 million boosted against Covid-19.

About 150,000 children aged five to 11 have been vaccinated against the disease nationwide, Nograles said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro