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DOH reports 1,391 new Covid cases and 7 deaths

Let’s hope today’s lower number becomes a trend  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 16 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.


Summary for the day

Majority of the cases from the previous day were from two regions – NCR and Central Visayas. Their combined numbers accounted for 44 percent of the total new cases in the country. But here is where we’re at: Stuck at an average between 1,500 – 1,700 new cases daily (and a positivity rate of more than 6 percent recently). Why? Because as other regions make headway against the virus, another region eventually surprises us with increasing cases.

The National Capital Region is a tough cookie to crack. Being the 15th densest city in the world, it also has a hefty informal settler population, and the traffic here is one of the world’s worst. When reality bites, its also the area where it’s most likely impossible to keep the numbers down.

The DoH reports 1,391 new cases, lower than the previous days. We remain on track with better news as only 7 new deaths are reported for the day.

The Philippines (February 15, 2021)

  • With 1,658 new cases yesterday, the NCR and Central Visayas had almost the same number of cases reported. Four regions reported triple digits: apart from NCR and Central Visayas, there’s CALABARZON and CAR.
  • Quezon City and the City of Manila were responsible for more than 40 percent of the cases for NCR. Eight of the 17 cities in NCR were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases yesterday.
  • The province of Cebu continued to lead the provinces with most cases for the day. The province reported 370 new cases or 97.4 percent of the cases in Central Visayas. Cebu City contributed to more than 57 percent of the cases for the province.

February 15, 2021 (The World)

  • With 348,094 new cases reported yesterday, the 7-day average stood at less than 380,000 new cases/day.
  • Reported new deaths was 7,953 with the case fatality plateauing at 2.2 percent.
  • While the US continued to lead globally for new cases and new deaths, their number of cases are down by 41 percent and number of deaths by 22 percent. Hospitalization rate is lower by 29 percent in the country.