The City of Manila logged 903 Covid cases Holy Saturday. Photo of Fort Santiago taken during its reopening, from ABS-CBN News

Latest Covid numbers show 1 in 4 people being tested are testing positive

The DOH reports 12,576 new cases and 103 new deaths with an astonishingly high positivity rate of 24.2 percent. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Apr 03 2021

We ranked 10th in the world yesterday, as the country recorded more than 15,000 new cases—with 3,760 from an underreporting mishap last March 31, 2021.

Today, the DOH reports 12,576 new cases and 103 new deaths with an astonishingly high positivity rate of 24.2 percent. This means that around 1 in every 4 individuals tested will most likely test positive. And we’re only talking about those getting tested. 

The Philippines now has 784,043 total COVID-19 cases. A quick look at the hospitals in the NCR shows that ICU occupancy is now at an all time high of 80 percent and isolation bed occupancy at 72 percent. The reality on the ground is more heartbreaking as many patients cry for help in getting admitted, but it’s likely there’s  no longer any room at the inn. Family members end up having to care for the sick and quickly get exposed, turning up positive as well. The number of active cases has exploded to more than 165,000 (21.1 percent).

In the Asian region, data shows how steep the trajectory for the Philippines is, compared to other countries seeing a resurgence in cases. While Indonesia and Malaysia see significant improvements, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh and Japan are seeing alarming increases in numbers. The Philippines is close to 100 new cases per 1,000,000 people—or 0.01 percent of the population daily are turning up positive. Note that the data is based on PER CAPITA, and is a better reflection on how we are doing compared to other countries based on population size and not simply numerical values alone. 

Today’s data shows NCR owning 6,681 (53.1 percent) of the total new cases. CALABARZON comes in second with 17 percent (2,103) and Central Luzon with 1,231 (9.8 percent). Other regions with triple digits are: CAR, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, and Davao Region. There are 105 cases with no known location on a regional level. Twenty-seven cases are from ROFs.

In NCR, Quezon City and Manila continues to account for most of the daily cases. A total of 2,265 cases were from these two LGUs alone – comprising more than one-third of the cases in NCR. Caloocan had more than 500 cases. Pasig, Makati and Taguig had more than 400 but less than 500 cases each. The cities of Mandaluyong, Parañaque, and Valenzuela had more than 300 but less than 400 each. Marikina, Pasay, Las Piñas, and Navotas had each more than 200 and less than 300. Malabon, Muntinlupa and Pateros has more than 100 but less than 200 cases. The lone city with double digit cases is San Juan with 76.

Fifteen of 17 LGUs from NCR are in the top 20 cities with most cases. First to fourteenth place? All from NCR. 

On a provincial level, Cavite and Bulacan continue to lead the haul. All provinces in the top 10 continue to rake in triple digits.