Commuters try the newest contact tracing app launched by MRT-3 at the North Avenue Station in Quezon City on January 18, 2021. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

The Philippines posts 5,404 new Covid cases with close to 3,000 cases coming from NCR alone

Quezon City is seeing a dramatic rise in cases as it records 655 new cases today
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 15 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 week opens with 5,404 new cases, driving the total cases now to 626,893. Note that the active cases are now past 8.3 percent or more than 53,000 individuals remain active (or infective).
  • There are eight new deaths reported today, bringing the case fatality rate to 2.05 percent.
  • The National Capital Region led the haul with close to 3,000 cases (2,842 or 53 percent of the day’s case count). Six other regions with triple digits are: CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Central Luzon, CAR, Western Visayas and Cagayan Valley. These regions accounted for 89 percent of the total cases.
  • The number of ROFs (returning overseas foreign workers) with new cases is up at 31.
  • There are 34 new cases that have no location identified even on a regional level. It’s the same problem all over again when we experienced the first surge where many unknowns were being reported. 
  • Quezon City is seeing a dramatic rise in cases as it records 655 new cases today or almost 1/4 of the total cases of Mega Manila. LGUs in NCR reporting triple digits aside from Quezon City are: Manila, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Pasay, Caloocan, Malabon, ParaƱaque, Marikina and Mandaluyong.
  • Fourteen of 17 LGUs in NCR were in the top 20 cities with most cases. The top 7 cities with most cases in the country are all from Mega Manila.
  • While Cebu province still had the most cases on a provincial level, the dramatic turn is on three provinces in the CALABARZON area that are seeing unprecedented increase in cases: Cavite, Rizal and Laguna. The provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga lead the haul for Central Luzon.

The World (March 14, 2021)

  • With 363,965 new cases added yesterday, the world will simmer at the 120 million mark for another day or two before crossing the next million, as the number of global cases continue to remain steady at around 380,000 new daily cases.
  • 5,724 new deaths bring the global case fatality rate down to 2.21 percent.
  • The United States of America officially now has 30 million COVID-19 cases, while Brazil continues to dominate the most number of new cases and new deaths globally.