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The world reports less than 300K new cases and 5,000 new deaths.

Its new case count brings the total number of cases in the Philippines up to more than 550,000.   
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 15 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 15, 2021

Summary for the day

On February 14, 2021, the national reproduction number had gone up from 0.96 the week before to 1.02. This was clear because the average number of cases stayed at 1,700 daily. The major drivers of the cases remain the major economic hubs of the country, particularly Mega Manila. NCR’s reproduction number is up at 1.08 (1.04-1.12, 95%CI). The other region that changed the landscape of the data was Cebu whose reproduction number, although lower than the past weeks, is still higher than the national Ro at 1.19 (1.14 – 1.24, 95% CI).

The world continued the downtrend in number of cases. New cases touch the 200,000 margin and deaths the 5,000 mark – a welcome news at a time of pandemic fatigue and the vaccine roll outs in countries lucky enough to receive it.

The DOH reports 1,685 new cases, a lower number compared to previous days. This brings the total number of cases in the Philippines up to more than 550,000. The good news is that there were only two new deaths, bringing down the case fatality rate to 2.09 percent.

The Philippines (February 14, 2021)

  • The number of fresh cases announced by the DOH on Valentine’s Day did not actually differ much from the day previous. With 1,928 total cases yesterday, NCR continued to lead with 22.8 of the cases reported. The other five regions, aside from Mega Manila, with triple digits were: Central Visayas, CALABARZON, CAR, Central Luzon and Davao Region. The top six regions yesterday accounted for more than three-fourths of the cases in the Philippines – in a single day!
  • Three cities in Mega Manila – Quezon City, Navotas and the City of Manila – accounted for 40 percent of the total cases. Eleven cities from NCR were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • The province of Cebu accounted for 362 of the 395 new cases in Central Visayas (92 percent), with Cebu City responsible for close to 60 percent of the haul for the province. Four cities/municipalities in Cebu Province were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases.

February 14, 2021 (The World)

  • The weekend brought good news to most parts of the world as the number of cases reported for the day was 272,658, bringing the 7-day moving average to less than 380,000 cases/day.
  • The new deaths were even lower at 5,954 new deaths reported – the world’s lowest since November 01, 2020. The current case fatality rate remains at 2.2 percent.
  • While the US continued to lead globally for new cases and new deaths, it reported only a little more than 60,000 new cases and 1,111 deaths yesterday. Mexico had more deaths in a day than the United States yesterday.