Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with SARS-CoV-2 particles, isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Research Facility (IRF) in fort Detrick, Maryland.

DOH reports 239 new deaths—the second highest single-day death count since pandemic began

Meanwhile, the DOH reports 2,240 new cases, our highest since November 8.    
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 20 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

Five cities in the province of Cebu and eleven cities in the NCR dominated the list of the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases yesterday. With continued rising numbers and the volatility of the overall current health situation, is the Philippines really ready for a nationwide MGCQ? These 16 cities alone made up almost 50 percent of the total number of cases for February 19, 2021.

Meanwhile, the DOH reports 2,240 new cases, our highest since November 8 when we reported over 2,400 cases.

There were 239 new deaths, our second highest count in a single day since the pandemic began. The highest number of deaths in a single day was reported on September 14 with 258 deaths. This pushes up dramatically the case fatality rate to 2.16 percent. And will most likely make us gain access to the top 10 countries with the most deaths reported in a day.

 The Philippines (February 18, 2021)

  • NCR and Central Visayas contributed to 1,045 or 55 percent of the total cases in the country yesterday.
  • NCR, Central Visayas, CALABARZON and Central Luzon continued to report triple digits. These four accounted for 72 percent of the cases in the Philippines.
  • There was a spike in the number of OFWs that had positive results, with 22 new cases reported.
  • On a provincial level, the province of Cebu dominated with 488 new cases (comprising 97 of the total cases in Central Visayas). Five cities/municipalities in Cebu accounted for the haul in the province with Cebu City accounting for 45 percent.


February 19, 2021 (The World)

  • With 408,252 fresh cases reported globally, the 7-day average is now down to 360,000 new cases/day with many nations seeing marked improvement in their numbers. Even among those where vaccination against COVID-19 has not started yet or had just begun.
  • Reported new deaths was down also at 10,990. The case fatality rate is steady at 2.21 percent.
  • While the US continues to lead globally when it comes to new cases and new deaths, the numbers are still on the lower side, averaging 80,000 new cases and 2,700 new deaths
  • With Pakistan’s declining numbers and its current rank (30th), it will be sooner than later that the Philippines will be at the 31st place, particularly with more cases of variants being identified in crucial areas in the country.