The Philippines on Thursday logged 989 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday as malls and public utility vehicles drop vaccine card requirements under Alert Level 1.
The day's tally brought total active cases to 50,458. The DOH also reported 1,349 new recoveries and 34 deaths reported.
Overall, a total of 3,664,905 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 3,557,909 have recovered and 56,538 died.
Starting Mar. 7, the DOH will upload weekly tallies to replace the daily counts which have been published for the past two years.
Alert Level 1 is the lowest set of restrictions under the five-tier alert-based COVID quarantines, which allows for the return to work, 100% capacity for public transportation, and face to face classes.
Proof of vaccination is only required in 3C establishments—confined, crowded, and close-contact places—as provided by recent IATF guidelines for Alert Level 1, Interior USec. Jonathan Malaya told ANC.
Commercial establishments like restaurants offering dine-in services may still require customers to present vaccine cards.
Temperature checks may be skipped under the lower alert level, Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said.