Emergency Operations Center Executive Director Em Ang said the number of out-of-town patients admitted to Bacolod hospitals contributed to the high admission rate that was used as basis in Alert Level 4 classification of the city by the National Inter-Agency Task Force.
She said Mayor Evelio Leonardia has already appealed to the NIATF to downgrade the classification to Alert Level 3, stressing that the number of COVID cases and the hospitalization rate in Bacolod had gone down recently.
As far as the latest Executive Order from the Office of the City Mayor, Ang said there is no major change since restrictions under Alert Level 4 are the same with the General Community Quarantine with heightened restriction.
On Friday, the NIATF placed Bacolod City and Negros Oriental under Alert Level 4 from Nov. 1 to 14.
Ang said they are expecting a response to the petition sent by the mayor to the the NIATF anytime this week. – MML