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For the first time in a long time, the US reports a case count less than 100,000

The trend towards lower numbers of cases and deaths continues globally 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 08 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 Worldometers.info, Ourworldindata.org (European CDC), World Health Organization (who.int), and the New York Times. Where appropriate, additional information may be culled from other references or health agencies.]

UPDATED FEBRUARY 08, 2021

Summary for the day

While the National Capital Region led yesterday’s tally with 379 new cases, Region VII continued to report cases above their usual numbers, like today’s 330. The cases in Central Visayas are primarily being driven by the province of Cebu, with Cebu City contributing to more than 50 percent of the cases for the province.

The downward trend in cases being seen in the world is a promising sign for most of the countries that saw numbers soar during the holiday season. While there is concern for the variant continuing to circulate and there are reports on a new variant emerging from California, the low number of cases in the past week is good news. Especially when followed by the sad news that many of the vaccines may need to return to the drawing board as vaccine efficacy data against the South Africa escape variant seems less promising than expected.

The Philippines’ numbers seem to stay on in one course for close to two months. Today the DOH reports 1,690 new cases and 52 new deaths. Which isn’t really a good sign because many countries in other parts of the world are seeing lesser new cases and their dramatic decline will only mean one thing if we stay steady at these numbers – we will go up the rank among countries with most cases eventually. The government efforts should be focused at bringing the new cases down, especially outside of the National Capital Region.

The Philippines (February 07, 2021)

  • Five regions reported triple digits – NCR, Central Visayas, CALABARZON, Eastern Visayas, and Davao Region. These five accounted for 67 percent of the total cases for February 7.
  • Quezon City and the city of Manila continue to report the highest cases in Mega Manila. These two contributed almost 40 percent of the total cases in NCR. Eight of 17 cities in the NCR landed among the top 20 cities/municipalities with the highest cases in the country yesterday.
  • On a provincial level, the province of Cebu was number one with 298 new cases, followed by Leyte with 111 new cases.

February 07, 2021 (The World)

  • Over the weekend, the world’s 7-day average dipped to less than half a million cases with 351,086 new cases yesterday. Even the number of new deaths was less than the 10,000 daily deaths, what with 6,828 new deaths reported.
  • The case fatality rate is down from 2.182 percent to 2.181 percent.
  • For the first time in quite awhile, the US saw less than 100,000 cases in a single day, with a little less than 90,000 new cases reported.
  • Mexico displaced the United States for the top spot in new deaths with 1,496 reported in a single day. This brings the case fatality rate of Mexico to 8.6 percent – one the highest in the world.