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The Philippines adds close to 40,000 new cases to its total Covid case count this week

Yesterday’s landmark number placed the country on 14th spot in global rankings based on new cases 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 21 2021

For the week of March 14-20, 2021, the Philippines added 39,438 new cases to its total Covid case count.

Today, the DOH reports 7,757 new cases and 39 new deaths. The weekend’s recovery haul of more than 15,000 cases proved not enough to bring down the active cases which now hovers at 11 percent with more than 73,000 active patients. Remember, as the number of cases continue to increase, the number of active cases will take time to decline, putting the population at higher risk for transmission of the virus.

The daily positivity rate remains unchanged at 14.8 percent (close to 15 percent), implying that for every 1,000 individuals that get tested, around 150 will turn up positive.

The National Capital Region continues to lead the haul with 4,393 new cases or 57 percent of the total cases. CALABARZON comes second with 14 percent contribution and Central Luzon with 9 percent. These three regions account for 80 percent of the total cases in the country. The other regions with triple digits today were: Central Visayas, Cagayan Valley, CAR, Western Visayas and Davao Region. Twenty-one ROFs are included in the Sunday tally. 

In Mega Manila, 14 of 17 LGUs reported triple digits, making this one of the worst days in the NCR. Quezon City continues the haul with 20.3 percent of the total cases, followed by City of Manila with 645, Pasay City 457, Makati 325, Parañaque 298, Caloocan 280, Taguig 240, and Pasig 219. The cities of Valenzuela, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Malabon, Las Piñas and Navotas all report more than 100 cases each. All 14 of the 17 LGUs that reported triple digits landed in the top 20 cities with most cases. 

On a provincial level, Cebu is back on top but the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Isabela are seeing higher numbers. Nueva Ecija, for the first time, lands in the top 10.

Yesterday, March 20, 2021 was a game changer with the 7,999 cases reported in a single day. Globally, the Philippines ranked 14th in total number of new cases, overtaking several European and South American nations, including our Asian neighbor Indonesia.

Based on the European CDC tracking, only the Philippines is seeing a significant surge of cases in the region. This is the highest surge the country has experienced since our initial surge between July to August of 2020. The surge is mainly driven by the National Capital Region, which contributes to more than 50 percent of the daily numbers, CALABARZON (Region IVA) with more than 16 percent, and Central Luzon (Region III) with more than 10 percent.