The United States, while seeing lower cases, remains the lead country in terms of new cases and new deaths globally. Photo by Joe Raedle/Reuter's Pool

The world is seeing a decline in new Covid cases compared to the past two months

No small thanks to countries that went on lockdown during the holidays   
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 01 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 DoH reports 1,658 new cases and 58 new deaths today. The case fatality rate remains at 2.05 percent.

For a granular breakdown of today’s cases, kindly refer to tomorrow’s report, as the Health Department no longer reports the top five areas with most cases in their 4PM data drop.

The Philippines (January 31, 2021)

  • NCR owned 19.8 percent of the 2,103 new cases reported yesterday.
  • Cases in the metro remained flat over the month of January, with Quezon City accounting for most of the new daily cases.
  • Other regions that had triple numbers were (in decreasing order): CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Ilocos region, Eastern Visayas, Davao Region, and Cagayan Valley. The seven top regions (including NCR) were responsible for 78.4 percent of the total cases in the Philippines yesterday.
  • On a provincial level, the province of Cebu continued to lead with 209 cases, followed by Pangasinan, Leyte and Cavite which reported triple digits as well.
  • On a city/municipality level, Cebu City topped yesterday’s numbers with 120 new cases, followed by Quezon City (100), and Davao City (87).

January 31, 2021 (The World)

  • The global weekend report saw some of the lowest numbers we’ve seen in a while, with 389,621 new cases and 8,093 new deaths. A far cry from the daily more-than-half-a-million cases of the past. No small thanks to parts of the world that “locked down” their economies during the holiday season and are continuing to extend this as of this writing. They are now seeing a significant decline in cases.
  • The global case fatality rate is steady at 2.162 percent.
  • The United States, while seeing lower cases, remains the lead country in terms of highest number of new cases and new deaths.
  • Since this is a weekend report, and many countries do not provide numbers on weekends, the true picture may be clearer on the following weekday. As a general trend, however, the world is seeing a decline in new cases compared to the past two months.