Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said the country’s Covid-19 risk classification had been downgraded from “critical” to “high risk.”

In a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte, Duque said the two-week growth rate of Covid-19 in the country dipped from 3,361 percent to a moderate-risk 178 percent.

He also said Covid-19 cases in Luzon were starting to plateau.

“‘Yan again makikita natin ang nangyayari maganda po ang sa NCR talagang mabilis na bumababa ganoon din ang [NCR-Plus] areas at nagpa-plateau ang ating itong rest of Luzon,” he said.

In Metro Manila, which has been recording the most Covid-19 cases among Philippine regions, the two-week growth rate dropped from 7,225 percent to 65 percent.

Duque said Metro Manila could revert to Alert Level 2 as soon as the average daily attack rate of Covid-19 in the region dropped.

The country has recorded 3,442,056 Covid-19 cases as of Jan. 24, of which 262,997 were active.

More than 115 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country. John Ezekiel J. Hirro