SM Mall of Asia compound in Pasay City. Photo by Gigie Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Pasay City reports highest number of new Covid cases in Mega Manila, and is second highest in PH

The DOH reports 2,269 new cases and 72 new deaths today
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Feb 25 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

  • The DOH reports 2,269 new cases and 72 new deaths today, pushing the 7-day average from 1,700 to 1,900 cases a day. Case fatality rate is up at 2.15 percent.
  • The National Capital Region reports 904 new cases. Yes, almost 1,000 today! And Pasay City is on top among cities in Mega Manila with 151 fresh cases, and second to Cebu City in the whole country for the first time.
  • Five regions had triple digits – NCR, Central Visayas, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Western Visayas, making up 81 percent of today’s cases.
  • There were 18 ROFs (overseas foreign workers) in today’s count.
  • In Mega Manila, four cities reported triple digits: Pasay City, Quezon City, City of Manila and the City of Makati. Nine cases were from unknown cities in NCR. Twelve of 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Cebu Province continues to lead on a provincial level with 430 of the 446 cases in Central Visayas (92.3 percent), with Cebu City responsible for 217 of the cases in the province (50.5 percent).
  • The NCR continues to report an upward trend. Based on the report of the OCTA Research Group, the reproduction number is up at 1.32.

After 719 new case reports on February 22, the daily new cases in NCR have decreased to 474 on February 24. However, indication is that the trend is still increasing.

New cases in NCR are expected to increase at least in the short term. Positivity rate in NCR is at 5 percent over the past 7 days. While several LGUs in NCR reported an increase in new cases, the best performing LGU in NCR is Mandaluyong, which not only avoided an increase in new cases but also reported a low daily attack rate of 2.55 per 100,000, low hospital occupancy of 5 percent and low positivity rate of 2 percent. Other LGUs in NCR which performed well in several key indicators were Muntinlupa, Valenzuela and Pasig.

Philippine COVID-19 Update, OCTA Research, February 25, 2021

  • Pasay City continued to have rising daily cases and increased by 160 percent.

While Cebu City still had the most number of new COVID-19 cases, averaging 220 per day for the past 7 days, its trend has slowed down. Its positivity rate remained high at 16 percent and its (two week) daily attack rate was still very high at 21 per 100,000. Hospital occupancy was still moderate at 53 percent, as the increase in critical care utilization has been controlled not just by the slowing down of the pandemic in Cebu City, but also the continued pandemic management of the local government.

In the NCR, Pasay City had a 160 percent increase in new cases compared to the previous week, while the daily attack rate was high at 12.67 per 100,000. Malabon, Manila, Taguig, ParaƱaque and Marikina also had more than 40 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases compared to the previous two weeks, based on DoH case reports.

Philippine COVID-19 Update, OCTA Research, February 25, 2021

  • Of the 1,557 new cases today, four regions reported triple digits led by NCR (474), Region VII (422), CALABARZON (130), and CAR (103).
  • Among the cities in NCR, Quezon City led with 86 cases followed very closely by Manila with 64, Makati City with 61, and Pasay City with 60.
  • On a provincial level, Cebu Province continued to account for the haul with 410 of the 422 cases (97.2 percent) for Central Visayas. More than 50 percent of the cases in the province of Cebu were from Cebu City with 207 cases.
  • The NCR dominated the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases for today with 12 cities landing in the top 20.

The World (February 24, 2021)

  • The world reported 412,069 new cases yesterday, maintaining its 7-day average at 360,000 new cases daily.
  • Total new deaths reported was higher at 11,744. Global case fatality rate is 2.22 percent.
  • Three countries reported four digits in new deaths – USA, Brazil and Mexico. Mexico is facing the most difficult battle with fatalities with a case fatality rate of 8.87 percent, four times higher than the global average.