The province of Isabela reported 54 cases today. Photo of Our Lady of Atocha Church in Alicia, Isabela by Markadan on Wikimedia Commons

The PH posts 937 new Covid cases and 58 new deaths

Davao City led today’s haul with 85 new cases. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 05 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.


With 937 new cases and 58 new deaths announced by the DoH today, the Philippines now has almost 480,000 total cases.

Davao City led today’s haul with 85 new cases. It was also the only city in the top five. The rest in the top 5 are the provinces of Isabela, Agusan del Sur, Pampanga, and Misamis Occidental. 

The testing capacity is much higher with 16,670 individuals tested and only 865 positives (5.2% daily positive rate).

The reproductive number Rt of the Philippines is at 0.88, while the NCR is down at 0.79 (0.76 – 0.82, 95% confidence interval).

The Philippines (January 04, 2021)

  • Of the 959 new cases yesterday, almost 30 percent of the total was from the NCR.
  • Two regions reported triple digits – NCR and CALABARZON.
  • The relatively low number of cases was due to lower testing, as noted in the daily positive rate which was above 5 percent for the past two weeks.
  • Ten of 17 cities in Mega Manila landed in the top 20 cities/municipalities with most coronavirus cases yesterday.

The World (January 04, 2021)

  • With 568,943 new cases and 10,353 new deaths overnight, there are now over 86.1 million cases in the world and over 1.86 million deaths. The case fatality rate remains at 2.16 percent.
  • The United States continues to top the number of cases and deaths in the world.
  • The United Kingdom had its worst day yesterday with a record number for new cases of more than 58,000, up from the previous high of more than 57,000 last January 02, 2021.