Indonesia reported over 9,000 cases yesterday. Photo by from Pexels

Indonesia makes it to top 10 list of countries with highest number of new Covid cases

In the Philippines, today’s numbers show a marked decline from Monday’s 2,000+ new cases 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 19 2021

All local data are information downloaded from the Data Drop of the Department of Health. The author does not own any of the information except 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.


There is a decline in the number of new cases reported by the DoH today. From yesterday’s 2,163, Tuesday posts 1,357 cases. However, there are 69 new deaths, pushing the number of deaths very close to the grim 10,000 mark.

Davao City continues to top the list of biggest contributors to the national case count, reporting 130 new cases today. Quezon City is on third spot with 66 cases.

The three provinces in the top five are: Rizal, Pampanga and Benguet.

The national reproduction number is slightly down at 1.13, while that of the National Capital Region is even lower at 1.08 compared to the January 11 data.

The Philippines yesterday (January 18, 2021)

  • We are now witnessing how the long Christmas holiday affected our COVID numbers.
  • NCR remained steady with 432 new cases, which is 20 percent of the total cases in the country yesterday.
  • A trend we’re seeing lately is the increase in regions reporting triple digit cases daily. The eight regions yesterday were: NCR, CALABARZON, Davao Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Eastern Visayas, Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley and Central Visayas. Note that this is the first time that both Davao Region and CAR have reported more than 200 cases in a single day. Central Visayas is also back with their triple digit tally.
  • There were 5 OFWs (ROFs) included in yesterday’s report.
  • Even on a provincial level, there were reports of triple digit case counts. They were: Davao del Sur, Benguet, Leyte, Cebu and Cagayan.
  • Nine of 17 cities in Mega Manila were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most coronavirus cases, with Quezon City continuing to lead.


The World (January 18, 2021)

  • While there were less cases reported globally—521,539 new cases—the number of new deaths was slightly up at 9,939. And the number of new cases was enough to push the global numbers past the 96,000,000 mark.
  • The global case fatality rate drops slightly to 2.13 percent.
  • While the US had significantly fewer cases and deaths reported, the country continued to lead in the total count for cases and deaths.
  • Indonesia lands in the top ten among countries with highest coronavirus cases announced yesterday.