Malacañang on Wednesday said the de-escalation of Metro Manila to Alert Level 1 would be discussed by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

In an interview over state-run PTV, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said the IATF would have meetings on Thursday and this weekend to determine whether the capital region could ease to the lowest alert level.

“[M]ga preliminary assessment muna iyong titingnan natin tomorrow ng IATF and then sa weekend…ay magkakaroon na naman po kami ng pagpupulong IATF para makita iyong latest numbers at data ng iba’t ibang regions,” Nograles said.

Metro Manila is under Alert Level 2 until Feb. 15.

To place an area under Alert Level 1, its bed utilization rate must be less than 49 percent; its two-week Covid-19 growth rate must be zero or decreasing; and its average daily attack rate must be below one.

Metro Manila has 25,255 active Covid-19 cases as of Feb. 8.

Its occupancy rate stands at 36.2 percent as of Feb. 7.

Placing Metro Manila under Alert Level 1 would entail eased restrictions on mobility, including intrazonal and interzonal travel to all regardless of age and co-morbidities.

Also under Alert Level 1, all establishments, persons, or activities, are allowed to operate, work, or be undertaken at full on-site capacity provided public health standards are still followed.

Face-to-face classes for basic education will be subject to prior approval of the Office of the President. John Ezekiel J. Hirro