Today marks the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in the Philippines as the DOH announces 382 of them (of which 341 occurred prior to April 2021). Before this, the highest deaths recorded in the country were September 14, 2020 (258 deaths) and February 20, 2021 (239). As mentioned in past posts, deaths may take quite some time to occur because of the long duration of illness among those that are severe or critical. In addition, reported deaths are validated thoroughly and may take some time to report if it’s due to COVID-19 or comorbid diseases.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually report lower cases. There are 9,373 new cases reported today, pushing the total cases to 812,760. Note, however, that the positivity rate remains at 20 percent and the healthcare capacity is at an alarmingly high level. ICU beds are 82 percent occupied in the National Capital Region, while isolation beds are at 71 percent. On a national scale, the ICU bed capacity is already at 63 percent.
We will most likely overtake Sweden and settle for 29th spot after the 4PM count tomorrow. In the global tally below, at the rate the number of new cases are being reported daily, we will most likely overtake Portugal and Israel before this week ends.
NCR as usual posts the highest number of cases for the day with 3,768 new cases (or only 40.2 percent). CALABARZON has 1,613 (17.2 percent) and Central Luzon 946 (10.1 percent). Cagayan Valley reports 939 new cases and CAR 824 new cases. These five regions in Luzon accounts for 86.4 percent of the day’s total cases.
In NCR, it was Quezon City that continues to lead with 906 cases followed by Manila (629). The surprise of the day? Muntinlupa City which reports 216 cases and shot up to 6th place in the cities category including all LGUs in Mega Manila. Thirteen of 17 LGUs are among the top 20 cities with most cases.
Isabela is the overall leader on a provincial level with 601 new cases, overtaking Cavite. Notice that the rankings on a provincial level has significantly shifted to the northern part of Luzon, extending to Benguet, La Union, Cagayan and Mountain Province.