Workers load boxes with Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac on a truck at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2021. Photo by Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

DOH reports 2,452 new Covid cases, with 1,036 from NCR alone

Pasay leads the pack with 157 new cases    
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 05 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

  • With the DoH reporting 4 out of the 6 identified B.1.135 (South African variant) coming from Pasay City, and the presence of other variants in the country, it is not surprising our number of new cases are up at 2,452.
  • For the longest time, NCR had not seen quadruple digits, until Thursday, March 4 that is, when more than 1000 cases were reported.
  • DOH also reported a large surge in daily positive results from 2,513 of 25,706 tested yesterday for a positivity rate of almost 10 percent – the highest since September 11, 2020. As reiterated, we really need to ramp up our testing including the genome testing facilities.
  • There were 15 new deaths reported. While the case fatality rate is lower at 2.12 percent, this number is fluid as the deaths occur from severe COVID-19 cases occur much later in time.
  • NCR reported 1,036 of the new cases for the day. Other regions with triple digits were Central Visayas, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Western Visayas.
  • Thirteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR landed in the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. Pasay City remained the new epicenter of Covid in Mega Manila, hauling 157 of NCR’s 1,036 (almost 15 percent). Eight cities in NCR reported more than 50 cases. Aside from top leader Pasay City, the rest were: Quezon City, Manila, Malabon, Pasig, Makati, Valenzuela, and Parañaque.
  • On a provincial level, it was still Cebu that led among the provinces, with 376 of the 404 cases in Central Visayas. Cebu City accounted for 44 percent of the cases in the province today. 

The World (March 03, 2021)

  • With 419,498 new cases reported globally, the world now has a 7-day average of 370,000 new cases daily.
  • Deaths are up with 10,837 new deaths reported. The global case fatality is steady at 2.22 percent.
  • Brazil continues to see rising cases with close to 75,000 new cases, displacing the United States for the top spot in yesterday’s tally for most number of cases in a single day. The US, however, remains the owner of most number of deaths per country in a day with 2,350 new deaths.