Creative rendition of Covid-19 virus particles. Courtesy of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via ABS-CBN News

There are now more than 92 million Covid cases in the world and 1.97 million deaths from the virus

As Euro nations continue to see rising numbers, PH moves down to 32nd slot as Sweden and Portugal move up
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 13 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.]


The DoH reports a slightly lower number of new cases today – 1,453. The deaths, however, are higher with 149, driving up the case fatality rate to 1.97 percent.

Four cities dominates the top five list, led by Quezon City, the City of Manila, Davao City and for the first time in a long while, Cebu City. The only province in the top five is Cavite.

The Philippines (January 12, 2021)

  • With 1,524 cases yesterday, 389 or 25.5 percent were from the National Capital Region.
  • The six regions that reported triple digits had a total 1,186 cases, equivalent to 78 percent of the pie.
  • Among the six top regions, it was the Cordillera Administrative Region that had the highest cases per capita (66 per million population), followed by Davao Region (48 per million people) and NCR (28 per million people).
  • Among the top ten provinces, it is the province of Cebu that climbed its way back with 83 new cases. Cebu City ranks fourth among the top cities/municipalities with most coronavirus cases.
  • Nine of 17 cities in Mega Manila were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most coronavirus cases. The top 5 cities in NCR were – Quezon City, City of Manila, Caloocan, Taguig and Makati.

The World (January 12, 2021)

  • There were 699,458 new cases in the world yesterday. While this was not the highest the world reached, the death toll was. There were 17,199 new deaths reported in a single day. A record high. And we are now past 92,000,000 cases with 1.97 million deaths from COVID-19.
  • While the US had fewer cases and deaths reported, the country continues to lead in cases and deaths globally. Incidentally, the US reported a record high of 4,281 deaths in a single day. 

With global cases rising, recently updated reported cases from Sweden and Portugal push these two countries up the global rankings. Sweden is now in 30th and Portugal in 31st spot. The Philippines moves down two rungs to 32nd place as the cases in Europe continue to escalate.