A priest walks down the aisle of St. Peter Parish: Shrine of Leaders in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City amid church pews filled with lit candles on Easter Sunday. Photo from ABS-CBN News

DOH reports more than 40,000 Covid recoveries, bringing the active cases down to 17 percent

But hospitals in the NCR remain filled beyond critical levels with ICU beds at 78 percent occupancy
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Apr 04 2021

The DOH reports more than 40,000 new recoveries for the Easter Sunday tally. New cases, however, comes up to 11,028, pushing today’s total to a few thousand short of 800,000 cases. The positivity rate remains above 20 percent with fewer laboratories open during the long Holy Week holiday.

Hospitals in the National Capital Region are filled beyond critical levels with ICU beds at 78 percent occupancy and isolation beds at 70 percent occupancy.

The surge in the country is now on its fourth week. Notice in the graph below as provided by the COVID-19 Tracker site of the Department of Health that the week-on-week cases from March 4-10, followed by March 11-17, then March 18-24, and March 25-31 saw the highest number of cases within the March 25-31 frame. However, the growth of cases has significantly slowed down compared to the past three weeks. Nevertheless, we still have high numbers to contend with and it will take time before it can be brought down considering the fact that the current cases are exposures within the past two weeks.

Based on the actual cases, the Philippines records 71,603 cases from March 28-April 03, 2021, or a 7-day average of more than 10,000 new cases daily.

The daily positivity rate for the Philippines as of April 02, 2021 is higher than the highest positivity rate almost one year ago, and with only 161 or 208 laboratories submitting data on April 2, 2021. 

Today’s data drop shows NCR continuing its lead with 51.2 percent (5,646 new cases) of the total. As usual, CALABARZON comes in second with 2,038 (18.5 percent) and Central Luzon in third with 1,110 (10.1 percent) cases. These three regions continues to account for more than 80 percent of the total cases in the country.

Cagayan Valley and CAR has 547 and 506 cases each, respectively. Others with triple digits were: Ilocos Region, Central Visayas and Western Visayas. Sadly, there are 97 patients who are positive for the virus but had no tagged location on a regional level. It is cases like these that make it difficult to find where and who the patients are. Obviously, if you don’t know who and where they are from, there is no way you can do contact tracing.

In the NCR, Quezon City continues to dominate the daily haul with 1,158 new cases or 20.5 percent of the cases in Mega Manila for the day. Ironically, Quezon City has more cases than the whole of Central Luzon for April 4, 2021.

Two cities reports more than 600 cases: Manila and Caloocan City. Taguig has 502. Pasig with 432. Malabon and Parañaque has more than 300 but less than 400 cases each. Makati, Mandaluyong, and Las Piñas has more than 200 but less than 300 cases each. The following cities has more than 100 but less than 200 cases each: Navotas, Pasay, San Juan and Marikina. Muntinlupa, Pateros and Valenzuela reports double digits.

Fourteen of 17 LGUs in NCR are in the top 20 cities with most cases.

On a provincial level, Cavite continues to lead in number of cases, followed by Rizal and Bulacan. The following provinces are seeing a rise in cases: Batangas, Isabela, Pampanga and La Union.