Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (red) infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (yellow), isolated from a patient sample. Photo from NIAID via ABS-CBN News

The DOH reports 2,288 new cases and 6 new deaths

Meanwhile, the world’s cases continue to decline   
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 22 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

As the government is determined to place the country under MGCQ or modified general community quarantine, the various local government units (LGUs) should make sure that they are fully prepared as rising numbers in the National Capital Region will definitely take a huge toll if there is no thorough planning on how to deal with the pandemic. As the citizens suffer from pandemic fatigue and the coffers of the government dry up because of the economic impact from a year in lockdown, the reopening of the economy to include NON-ESSENTIAL travel and purposes is not aligned with rational and critical decision making.

And it goes without saying that while the president vehemently objects to the reopening of face-to-face classes until a vaccine arrives, it is for the very same reason that non-essential travel or shopping or movie watching or dining or other matters not important and vital to life should not be allowed until such time that vaccines have arrived, and healthcare frontliners have received the full dose.

  • The DoH reports 2,288 new cases today and 6 new deaths.

The Philippines (February 21, 2021)

  • Five regions – NCR, Central Visayas, CAR, CALABARZON, Central Luzon – reported triple digits yesterday. NCR led the haul with 618 or close to one-third of the total cases. These five regions accounted for more than 77 percent of the total cases in the country.
  • As noted by the OCTA Research Group, there are cities in the NCR whose numbers are up, and most alarming is Pasay City which has continued to report higher than usual number of new cases. Pasay City was second among cities in NCR yesterday with 97 new cases and third over-all among top cities/municipalities in the country.
  • On a provincial level, the province of Cebu continued to lead with 381 fresh cases. The province was responsible for 94 percent of the total cases in Central Visayas. Cebu City accounted for 44 percent of the total cases for the province of Cebu.

The World (February 21, 2021)

  • The world continued the decline in case numbers with 292,003 reported yesterday, as it sees it test the 200,000 mark this week.
  • Total new deaths reported was down at 5,729 yesterday as the case fatality rate is steady at 2.21 percent.
  • India, while seeing much lower numbers has now breached the 11 million mark for COVID-19 cases.