Quezon City reported 918 Covid cases Tuesday. Photo by Patrick Roque on Wikimedia Commons

PH active Covid cases now close to 125,000

The Philippines is headed toward the 750,000 mark in total cases 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Mar 30 2021

We regularly see a larger dip of around 20-25 percent in new cases on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Today, however, the DOH’s report that 9,296 new cases—lower than the previous day’s 10,016–and 20.4 percent positivity rate is not good news. Our active cases are close to 125,000 (168 percent) and the Philippines is headed towards the 750,000 mark tomorrow. The Philippines ranked 8th yesterday, March 29, 2021 in the world.

The healthcare capacity is bursting at the seams in the National Capital Region with 76 percent of ICU beds occupied and 68 percent of isolation beds filled.

With the current numbers, the weeklong ECQ will not be enough to bring our numbers down.

Today’s data drop shows NCR, CALABARZON and Central Luzon continuing to report high numbers, with NCR owning more than 53 percent (4,950) of the new cases. CALABARZON has 1,460 (15.7 percent) and Central Luzon 803 (8.7 percent). Cagayan Valley has 634 (7 percent) new cases. These 4 regions together owns more than 84 percent of the total cases.

Seven other regions report triple digits: CAR, Ilocos Region, Central and Western Visayas, Davao Region and MIMAROPA. There are 71 cases with no known location on a regional level.

In NCR, Quezon City continues to lead with 918 cases, followed by Manila with 731 and Taguig with 547. Caloocan, Mandaluyong, and Las Piñas reports more than 300 but less than 400 cases each. Those with less than 300 but more than 200 cases are Makati, Parañaque, Pasay and Pasig. The cities of San Juan, Muntinlupa, and Navotas has more than 120 but less than 200 cases. Eight cases has no known location.

Fifteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR are among the top 20 cities for today.

On a provincial level, the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, and Cavite lead the haul. All provinces in the top ten reports triple digit cases.

Based on OCTA data for the different LGUs in Mega Manila, this is where each city stands with respect to the attack rate and percentage rise in cases. The highest attack rate is in Pateros at 68.08 per 100,000 with a 221 percent jump in cases for March 23 – 29, 2021. Pasay City is the only city that has seen a decline in cases but nevertheless has an attack rate of 55.69 per 100,000.