Philippine Airlines flight PR361, carrying one million doses of Sinovac vaccines purchased by the Philippine government, touched down in Manila from Beijing at 4:04PM Monday. Photo courtesy of PAL

Of the 10,016 new Covid cases, 85 percent comes from the NCR+ bubble

The country also broke into the top ten list of countries with highest cases in the world (March 28, 2021).
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 29 2021

Today, the Philippines surpassed the 10,000 mark for new Covid cases. The DOH reports 10,016 new cases and a positivity rate of 18 percent. The country also broke into the top ten list of countries with highest cases in the world (March 28, 2021).

In order to make the DOH infographics clearer, it must be pointed out that the positivity rate is the number of positive cases for March 29 based on reports submitted as of March 28, 2021 at 12NN. In short, as of March 28, 2021, 12NN, only 28,492 had been tested. And 5,128 of the 28,492 tested, tested positive. However, there are laboratories that will continue to submit data on those who got tested and tested positive up to the time the DOH releases the data at 4PM on the day of announcement. Tomorrow, we expect to have fewer cases than today because the data on a Tuesday are for tests done on a Sunday.

There are over 115,000 active cases and our total cases are now at 731,894.

The hospital care capacities are now at a highly critical level in Mega Manila as ICU bed occupancy hits a high of 76 percent and isolation bed occupancy 70 percent.

Today’s data drop reveals that the NCR + bubble contributed 8,483 new cases or 85 percent of the total cases in the country. NCR accounts for 54.3 percent, CALABARZON 21 percent and Central Luzon 9.4 percent.

Four other regions record triple digits each– Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, Western Visayas and CAR.

In NCR, Quezon City reports a four-digit case count, with 1,019 new cases today, followed by the City of Manila with 765. Marikina has 457 and Taguig 446 cases. Mandaluyong, Makati, Caloocan has more than 300 but less than 400 cases. Pasig, Pasay, Parañaque, and Las Piñas has more than 200 but less than 300 cases each. Valenzuela, Navotas, and Malabon has more than 100 but less than 200 cases each. There were 74 cases with unknown localities in Mega Manila. Fourteen of 17 LGUs in NCR are among the top 20 cities with most cases. The top 12 cities with most cases are all from NCR.

On a provincial level, Cavite leads with 756 new cases followed by Laguna with 535, and Rizal with 525. Bulacan had 502 cases today.