Royal Fort of our Virgin Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza in Zamboanga City. Photo by B'lueMugo on Wikimedia Commons

Zamboanga City reports 206 new cases as PH passes the 10,000 mark in deaths due to Covid

The number of cases are up again today with 1,862 new ones announced. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 20 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 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 number of cases are up again today with 1,862 new ones announced. With 64 new deaths the Philippines passes the grim 10,000 mark for deaths due to COVID-19.

Three cities and two provinces make up the top five contributors to today’s haul with Zamboanga City delivering 206 cases, grabbing the lead position for the day. The other cities in the top five are Davao City and Quezon City. The provinces are Kalinga and Benguet.

The Philippines yesterday (January 19, 2021)

  • With 1,357 new cases, the National Capital Region contributed 22 percent of the total cases.
  • Six regions reported triple digits: NCR, Davao Region, CALABARZON, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon and Northern Mindanao.
  • There were 5 OFWs (Returning overseas workers or ROF) included in yesterday’s report.
  • Davao del Sur (and Davao City) had the highest contribution to yesterday’s haul on a provincial and city/municipality level.
  • 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 haul.
  • Based on the January 19, 2021 OCTA Research report, Mega Manila is steady in the number of cases with a reproduction number of 1.10 and number of cases averaging 400+ a day.
  • Valenzuela had the biggest increase in new cases, while Marikina and San Juan had the highest attack rate for the week.
  • More than half of the LGUs in the NCR reported an increase in new cases per day, week of January 12-18, 2021. It was Quezon City that had the highest daily numbers.
  • The national reproduction number, however, shot up due to increase in cases outside of the NCR.
  • The daily positivity rate stayed below 5 percent for NCR and some provinces in CALABARZON. Note the stark rise in positivity rate for Benguet, Pangasinan, Leyte, Isabela, Cagayan, Misamis Oriental, Quezon, Kalinga, and Negros Oriental.
  • Among the provinces/region, Cebu had a dramatic increase to 96 new cases/day the week of January 12-18, 2021. Davao del Sur had a positivities rate of 10 percent and had also increased new cases from 110/day the previous week to 114/day the week of January 12-18, 2021.

 The World (January 19, 2021)

  • With 611,786 new cases, the world now has more than 96.6 million cases. With 16,201 new deaths, the case fatality rate is up from 2.13 to 2.14 percent because of the increase in number of new deaths.
  • While the US had significantly fewer cases and deaths reported, the country continued to lead in the total count for cases and deaths globally.