Today, the DOH posted the actual highest number of cases recorded in a single day this second surge of the pandemic in the Philippines—12,674 new cases. The 15,280 cases on April 2 included the carry over of more than 3,700 backlog cases from days prior, making the actual total cases that day 11,601. The new cases pushes the total active cases now to more than 190,000 and the total number of cases in the country to 853,209. With a positivity rate of still more than 20 percent (with more than 50,000 samples tested daily in the past several days), we will most likely see more than 10,000 cases daily in the upcoming week.
New deaths are at 225 today. ICU bed occupancy is at an alarming 86 percent and isolation beds at 69 percent.
As the world shoots past the 135 million mark in COVID-19 cases and is now close to 3 million deaths due to COVID-19, the Philippines just moved up another step in the global ranking: it’s now at number 28, displacing Israel. As the numbers rack up, we will most likely displace Sweden from the 27th spot tomorrow.
While NCR continues to lead with 5,920 (46.7 percent) of the total new cases in the country, CALABARZON (2,517), Central Luzon (1,515), Ilocos Region (500), Cagayan Valley (487) and Western Visayas (484) accounts for more than 90 percent of the total cases today. There are 80 cases with no known location on a regional level, while there are 25 ROFs.
In NCR, Quezon City, Manila and Caloocan City are the top contributors, responsible for over 44 percent of the cases in Mega Manila. Only the city of Marikina posted double digit cases. Fifteen of 17 cities in the NCR were in the top 20 cities with most cases for the day.
On a provincial level, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal and Laguna had more than 500 new cases each for the day. Among the top ten provinces, Cebu had the fewest cases with 240.