Malacañang on Tuesday said the Philippines was not yet ready for Alert Level 1, the lowest alert level, even as the country has been seeing a drop in daily Covid-19 cases.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said the government had yet to come up with guidelines on Alert Level 1 areas.

“Iyong Alert Level 1, pina-finalize pa po natin lahat ng parameters na kinakailangan para ma-consider ang isang lugar na qualified mag-Alert Level 1. Ngayon po mayroon pa kaming tini-tweak at pina-finalize na mga parameters, so right now, hindi pa tayo handa na mag-declare ng any Alert Level 1,” Nograles said.

The latest set of alert levels have all provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities in the Philippines under Alert Level 2 from Dec. 1 to 15 except for Apayao, which will be under Alert Level 3.

Nograles said the government took into account the daily attack rate of Covid-19, two-week growth rate and healthcare utilization in putting areas under Alert Level 2.

The Philippines has recorded 2,832,734 Covid-19 cases as of Nov. 30, of which 15,800 were active. John Ezekiel J. Hirro