Metro Manila stays under Alert Level 2 until Dec. 15

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — The Inter-Agency Task Force has approved the recommendation to keep Metro Manila under Alert Level 2, acting Palace spokesperson Karlo Nograles says.

Nograles made the announcement in a statement on Monday, saying this would be effective from Dec. 1 to 15.

The IATF's approval comes after health experts urged the government to keep the region under the same alert level amid the threat of the Omicron variant. 

The National Capital Region first eased into Alert Level 2 on Nov. 5.

Other areas under Alert Level 2 are:

- Cordillera Administrative Region: Benguet, Abra, Kalinga, Baguio City, Mountain Province, and Ifugao

- Region I: Dagupan City, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Pangasinan

- Region II: Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and City of Santiago

- Region III: Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac

- Region IV-A: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and Lucena City

- Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Princesa City, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan

- Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Naga City

- Region VI: Aklan, Antique, Bacolod City, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, Iloilo City, and Negros Occidental

- Region VII: Bohol, Cebu, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor

- Region VIII: Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, and Western Samar

- Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay

- Region X: Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental

- Region XI: Davao City, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental

- Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat

- Region XIII (Caraga): Butuan City, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Agusan del Norte

- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao: Basilan, Cotabato City, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao

Apayao province will be under Alert Level 3.