Mega Manila hauled in 36 percent of the total cases for New Year’s Eve with 554 new cases. Photo of Mehan Garden in Manila by Lawrence Ruiz on Wikimedia Commons
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PH reports 1,765 new cases and 4 deaths on the first day of 2021

While we could have started the year with a clean slate and good news, we start it with baggage from the previous year  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 01 2021

All local data are information downloaded from the Data Drop of the Philippine Department of Health. The author does not own any of the information except the analysis of all data. Global data are referenced properly from Worldometers.info, Ourworldindata.org (European CDC), World Health Organization (who.int), and the New York Times. Where appropriate, additional information may be culled from other references or health agencies, with referencing indicated.

It’s a new year. And as new beginnings go, this one is difficult. But beginnings allow us to start on a clean slate. 

The year 2020 ended on a high note, with the rollout of vaccines targeted against SARS-CoV-2. While the pandemic upended lives, economies and healthcare systems, the ability of science to rollout vaccines at warp speed is the banner story of 2020.

But while we could have started the year with a clean slate and good news, we start it with baggage from the previous year— as those statistics are still carried in our total cases. There’s also the increasing trend in the daily positive rates, which may be an indication that we are not testing enough as people are on vacation. And we will have to wait for January 4, when people return to work, to see actual representative numbers.

With that said, the DoH reports 1,765 new cases today, the highest in a week. The low numbers during the holiday season are attributable to the lower testing capacity in the country as evident in the higher positive rates among the individuals who underwent testing. (Note that of only 10,710 individuals tested, 769 were positive, for a positive rate of 7.2 percent. This will mean lower number of cases on the DoH report tomorrow, which may not be reflective of the actual cases in the Philippines.)

Three cities are in the top five – Davao City, Quezon City and the City of Manila. The remaining two are provinces in Region IVA – Rizal and Cavite.

The Philippines (December 31, 2020)

  • Mega Manila hauled in 36 percent of the total cases for New Year’s Eve with 554 new cases.
  • 13 of 17 cities in NCR were in the top 20 cities/municipalities of the day.
  • Two other regions reported triple digits – CALABARZON and Central Luzon.
  • Four provinces in Region IVA remained in the top 10 provinces – Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.

The World (December 31, 2020)

  • As the world closes in on 84 million total cases, the case fatality rate remains at 2.18 percent with our 1.825 million deaths at the close of the year.
  • The United States and India together already account for 36.6 percent of the total cases in the world.