The US reported a total of 166,000 cases on January 1. Photo by Charles Parker on Pexels

The world starts off 2021 with more than 84.3 million total cases

The case fatality rate remained at 2.18 percent with over 1.83 million deaths to date. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 02 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, (European CDC), World Health Organization (, and the New York Times. Where appropriate, additional information may be culled from other references or health agencies, with referencing indicated.


The very long weekend accounted for the fewer tests performed, not just in the country but globally, resulting in fewer cases reported overnight.

Today the DoH reports 1,097 new cases and 5 deaths.

It also reports the lowest number of individuals tested in the Philippines: 6,227 individuals, with 456 testing positive.

None of the cities in the National Capital Region figure in the top 5—for the first time. Two provinces in Davao Region – Davao del Norte and del Sur and three provinces in CALABARZON – Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite, make up the top 5 for the day.

The Philippines (January 01, 2021)

  • While it was still NCR that hauled in the most cases, contributing 23 percent of yesterday’s numbers, Eastern Visayas came in as a surprise second with 33 cases or 19 percent of the total.
  • The top five regions – NCR, Eastern Visayas, CALABARZON, Davao Region, and Central Luzon – accounted for 75 percent of yesterday’s numbers.
  • Five provinces made it to the top ten provinces yesterday. They were: Leyte, Western Samar, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar.
  • Five cities/municipalities in Region VIII were in the top 20 – Guiuan (Eastern Samar), Calbayog City (Western Samar), City of Maasin (Southern Leyte), Tacloban City (Leyte), and Ormoc City (Leyte). Seven of 17 cities in NCR were in the top 20 cities/municipalities of the day.
  • Quezon City, City of Manila and Pasig City, topped the cities in Metro Manila. These three cities alone accounted for close to 50 percent of the cases in the NCR on New Year’s Day.

 The World (January 01, 2021)

  • The world kicked off 2021 with more than 84.3 million total cases. The case fatality rate remained at 2.18 percent with over 1.83 million deaths to date.
  • The United States continues to top the number of cases and deaths in the world.