Brazil is among the countries with the most number of reported Covid cases. Photo by David Mark from Pixabay

There are now 11 countries with more than 2 million Covid cases

In the Philippines, 1,949 new cases were reported and 53 new deaths  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Jan 24 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.


This week begins with 1,949 new cases and 53 new deaths. The total cases in the Philippines is now at 513,619. The usual weekend number of recoveries is at 7,729, bringing the active cases slightly lower to 5.4 percent.

Davao City remains on top in terms of number of new cases. Quezon City and Baguio City, and the provinces of Cavite and Leyte round up the day’s top 5.

The Philippines (January 23, 2021)

  • With 1,797 cases yesterday, NCR accounted for 21 percent of the number of new cases in the PH.
  • Six regions reported triple digits: NCR, CALABARZON, Davao Region, Central Luzon, Central Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region.
  • There were 10 OFWs (ROFs) that included in yesterday’s report.
  • The provinces of Davao del Sur and Cebu reported triple digits with 163 and 117 new cases, respectively. Davao City topped the cities/municipalities with the most new cases.
  • Three major cities in the most urbanized areas in the Philippines were the highest contributors to the haul of new cases yesterday: Davao City, Quezon City and Cebu City. The three cities accounted for 16.4 percent of the total cases in the Philippines yesterday.
  • Nine capital cities all over the country were in the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases yesterday.

The World (January 23, 2021)

  • As in every weekend, the number of cases and deaths globally go down. There are 560,712 new cases and 13,337 deaths reported. Nevertheless, this pushed the total number of coronavirus cases to more than 99.3 million.
  • The global case fatality rate is slightly up at 2.145 percent.
  • With Colombia passing the 2,000,000 mark with more than 15,000 cases yesterday, the country officially joins other nations with more than two million coronavirus cases.
  • Four countries continued to report quadruple numbers in deaths – USA, Mexico, UK and Brazil.

The week in review (January 17-23, 2021)

  • The total number of cases was slightly up with a 7-day average of 1,857 new cases/day for the week of January 17-23, 2021.
  • There were fewer total deaths reported this week than the week before.
  • The reproduction number is down from 1.22 to 1.13 nationally. The reproduction number in the NCR is lower at 1.08. The higher national Ro only brings up the concern that the number of new cases are being driven by the provinces recording more cases. Note, however, that the reproduction is still >1.0. Areas in the northern part of the country have reproduction numbers 2.0 and above and are a major cause for concern when deciding when and how to reopen the economy.
  • A comparison of the demographic data from December 2020 and January 2021 below shows that there is an increase in the pediatric cases and cases for those 60 years old and up. While it may be a slight increase, note that there were close to 43,000 cases added for December alone.
  • The death rate is also slightly up for the senior citizen age group compared to the other age groups.
  • The graphs below show the slight uptick from last week on the number of new cases for coronavirus in the Philippines and the lower number of new deaths. While the cases remain low, we are seeing a slight bump upwards in the new cases, a trend which may be of concern as the Philippines confirms the presence of several cases of the UK Variant B1.1.1.7.
  • Testing capacity has seen a slight increase post holiday, but the upward trajectory in positivity rate means that we’re not testing enough, again. It is highly encouraged that in areas where the numbers are increasing (like the Mountain Province, Benguet, Davao Region, etc.), more testing must be done with better efficiency. Contact tracing and genome sequencing should be more aggressive in the areas seeing disproportionately rising numbers.
  • With lockdown measures being instituted in many parts of the world, the numbers have quickly declined over the three weeks period after the holidays.
  • Some Asian countries like Malaysia, Japan, and Indonesia are still seeing higher numbers compared to the Philippines.