Batanes has the least COVID-19 cases in the country with just 4 cases since the pandemic began. Photo by Geline Zamora, ABS-CBN News/file

No new Covid cases for these 8 Philippine provinces

In a day where the country broke a new record in terms of new cases   
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 22 2021

A record breaking day for the start of the week as the Philippines passes its new record high and goes into the 8,000 realm with 8,019 new cases today.

No country who has ever had a second surge saw it end well. Particularly those from developing nations. This will be a long drawn battle for the country as the national Ro approaches 2.0. That’s national and not NCR alone. NCR hits an all time high of Ro of more than 2.0. Which is alarming.

This new record high continues to push the active cases as there are now more than 80,000 active cases (12.1 percent). I would like to remind readers that these numbers are based only on those that are tested, recorded and monitored. It does not include those who have signs and symptoms or asymptomatic who have not been tested at all.

The speed of the trajectory now pushes the total cases to more than 671,000 and if we continue this trend in the next few days, we will definitely see more than 700,000 before the week comes to a close.

This is not far from impossible considering the positivity rate has stayed at 15 percent for the past days.

The National Capital Region continues to own more than 50 percent of the total cases with 4,103 (51.2 percent) of the cases today. In second is CALABARZON with 1,327 new cases (17 percent). The other provinces with triple digits are: Central Luzon (542), Central Visayas (487), CAR (424), Cagayan Valley (272), Western Visayas (225), and Ilocos Region (120). 

In NCR, Quezon City continues to account for the highest cases with almost 1,000 today. This is followed by Manila with 587, Taguig with 375, Makati with 341, Caloocan with 264, Parañaque with 209, and Pasay City with 208 cases. The cities of Malabon, Las Piñas, Pasig, Valenzuela, and Marikina each registered more than 100 new cases. Fifteen of the 17 cities in NCR are in the top 20 cities and municipalities today.

On a provincial level, all provinces in the top ten have triple digits with Cavite leading the pack. Three provinces registered more than 400 new cases each: Cavite, Cebu and Rizal. 

Of the 81 provinces in the Philippines, only 8 (or less than 10 percent) reported no cases of COVID19 for the day. They were: Surigao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Basilan, Camiguin, Siquijor, Tawi-Tawi, Batanes, Dinagat Islands and Davao Occidental. Batanes has the least COVID-19 cases in the country with just 4 cases since the pandemic began.