The DOH at 4PM Saturday announced 9,595 new cases of COVID-19. There are now close to 120,000 active cases (16.6 percent) and a positivity rate of 16.2 percent. While the positivity rate is slightly lower than the past day, it is still considerably high as the second surge continues its rampage in the country. Majority of the cases are concentrated in three regions – NCR (Mega Manila), CALABARZON, and Central Luzon.
On Friday, the Philippines was 12th in rank among countries with most cases, outpacing Russia, Iran and many other nations including Indonesia, which has managed to bring its new cases to less than 5,000.
Beds in intensive care units have surpassed the critical capacity and isolation beds are near the tipping edge as well.
As the IATF declares Enhanced Community Quarantine from March 29 – April 4, 2021 in order to stem the rising cases, here’s the granular data based on region, in the NCR, provinces and top 20 cities with most cases for March 27, 2021.
NCR continues to bring in the most cases with 5204 (54.2 percent), followed by CALABARZON with 1,579 (16.5 percent), Central Luzon with 967 (10.1 percent). These three regions together continue to account for more than 80 percent (7790) of the cases in the country, considering that 11 laboratories failed to submit data. Six other regions reported triple digits.
There were 51 new cases that had no identified location on a regional level. The number of ROFs that are positive are 30.
In the NCR, the reproduction number is a tad lower at 1.88, but is declining too slow. Quezon City has almost 1000 new cases. This is followed by Manila with 824 and Marikina with 503. These three cities in NCR contribute to 44 percent of the total cases in Mega Manila. Eleven other LGUs, aside from the aforementioned, report triple digits (more than 100 but less than 400). Fourteen of the 17 LGUs are in the top twenty cities with most cases for Saturday.
Inevitably, many provinces in the ‘bubble’ like NCR will be under ECQ as well. Among this group, the province of Rizal now takes the lead with 535 cases. This is followed by Bulacan, Cavite and Cebu. All provinces in the top ten reported triple digits each.