Iloilo gov pushes for Alert Level 2 by March 1

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Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. expects the Province of Iloilo to be placed under Alert Level 2 next month.

Covid-19 cases in the province were “visibly declining,” Defensor said during a press conference.

“When you look at our numbers, our Average Daily Attack and Health Care Utilization, it’s reasonable to expect Alert Level 2,” according to him. (

Defensor said the provincial government may appeal for a downgrade if the national government decides to retain its current Alert level 3 status.

“Chances are we will appeal [if we remain under Level 3]. We have to go back to our numbers. Our health care utilization rate, our average daily attack rate, and our two-week growth rate,” he added.

As of February 23, the Iloilo Provincial Health Office indicated that there have been a total of 43,994 cases in the province, with 36,986 recoveries and 1,212 deaths.