With today's newly announced cases, the Philippines closes in to 280,000 cases. Photo from ABS-CBN News
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NCR continues to lead among all regions with 987 COVID reported cases

But it must be noted the National Capital Region has seen lower recent cases reported in the past few days.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 18 2020

[Disclaimer: Whatever is written here is based on information released by the Department of Health at the time of publication. Whatever changes the DoH makes in their data later on…well that’s a different story in itself and as they say in their disclaimer: “the total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation.”]

Of 128 recently accredited laboratories, 20 laboratories failed to submit data to the CDRS. Today, a total of 3,257 new cases were announced by the Health Agency (2,628 recent or 80.7 percent occurring between September 5 – 18, 2020). Majority of the backlog were from the months of August and Sept 1-4. Sadly, the Health Agency continues to report cases all the way back to March for the National Capital Region 

With today's newly announced cases, the Philippines closes in to 280,000 cases. 

Active cases are up at 65,906, of which 3.7 percent or 2,439 cases (up from 2,410 yesterday) are either severe or critically ill. [As to whether how many are hospitalized or are at home is not indicated.]

NCR continues to lead among all the regions in the Philippines but had only 997 cases reported today (with only 815 recent).

Mega Manila accounted for around 30 percent of the cases today. In the top five are a mixed bag – with Bulacan in Region III reporting 282 cases, Cavite in Region IVA with 179, Negros Occidental in Region VI with 152 and Cebu in Region VII with 127. 

Most of the cases reported from Region III are backlogs from the month of August. Only 36 percent of the cases from Central Luzon are recent. 

It was the unknowns that were back. On a regional level, there were 354 individuals with no tagged location, accounting for 11 percent of the newly announced cases for the day.

Summary of the recoveries and fatalities today

  • Recoveries: 733 reported today, recovery rate 74.7 percent (down)
  • Fatalities: 47 reported today, case fatality rate 1.73 percent (unchanged)
  • NCR reported 23 total deaths followed by CALABARZON with 11. 
  • 18 of the 47 deaths occurred in September (38 percent). The majority were in the months of July and August, with deaths being reported as far back as May in NCR and Central Visayas. 
  • 1 case was previously tagged as deceased but was confirmed to be alive.
  • 24 cases were previously tagged as recoveries but were removed from the list after further validation.

With 128 testing facilities, the DoH reports 3,089,619 individuals tested as of September 17, 2020. Around 2.81 percent of the total population have been tested for SARS-COV2.


Testing capacity

  • 3,045,423 individuals tested (~ 2.77 percent of total population) as of September 16, 2020
  • September 16, 2020: 2,690 positives from 30,643 individuals tested. 
  • Reports from: 103 of 118 testing laboratories (87 percent submission rate)
  • Of the 2,690 positives on September 16, 2020, 51.6 percent (1,389) were reported from 39 of 45 testing facilities in NCR. 
  • Daily positive rate for September 16, 2020 nationally: 8.8 percent (up). 
  • For NCR the daily positive rate for September 16, 2020 was 9 percent (down) (cumulative positive rate for NCR unchanged at 12.3 percent). 
  • Cumulative positive rate for September 14, 2020 nationally: 10.5 percent (unchanged)

The summary

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 276,289 (as of September 17, 2020)
  • Total cases yesterday (September 17, 2020): 3,375 newly reported (2,519 recent or 75 percent from September 4-17, 2020)
  • Region with highest number of cases for September 16, 2020: NCR – 963 total (742 recent)
  • Top regions (with more than 100 cases) for September 16, 2020: NCR, Regions IVA, III, and VI. 
  • Regions with single digit report: Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Repatriates:  9 new cases (Total: 11,267 as of September 17, 2020).
  • Unidentified on a regional level: 318 cases. (Total unknowns: 6,243)

The unknowns (Cases with NO TAGGED LOCATIONS)

Total unknowns: 529 (15.7 percent up from 13.7 percent the day before). 

  • Regional level: 318
  • Provincial level: 103 (87 from CALABARZON, 12 from MIMAROPA, 2 from Davao Region, and 1 each from Region XII and Region V)
  • City/Municipality level:  108 (67 from NCR, 9 from Batangas, 8 from Cavite, 7 from Zambales and the rest from other provinces in the country)

The known (Top 5 Regions)

  • NCR is on top position with 963 total cases (742 recent or 77 percent). 
  • Cities with more than 100 cases: Manila and Quezon City
  • Cities with 50 to less than 100 cases: Parañaque, Marikina, Valenzuela, Pasig, Caloocan and Malabon
  • Cities with 10 or more but less than 50 cases: Taguig, Makati, Las Piñas, Pasay, Mandaluyong, and Muntinlupa
  • Cities with single digit cases: Navotas and San Juan
  • Cities with ZERO cases: Pateros
  • Total with no tagged location on a city level: 67 cases

Top four regions outside of NCR on September 17, 2020 were:

  • Cavite (for Region IVA)
  • Bulacan (for Region III)
  • Negros Occidental (for Region VI)
  • Cebu (for Region VII)
  • Region IVA was in second with 686 total cases (482 recent or 70 percent). 
  • The province of Cavite recorded 274 cases, followed by Batangas with 119. 
  • For the first time, the city of Kawit (in the province of Cavite) reported the highest number of cases at 150, on a city/municipality level. 
  • CALABARZON reported the most number of cases with no identified province: 87
  • There were 17 individuals with no tagged location on a city/municipality level (8 from Cavite, 9 from Batangas).
  • Central Luzon was third with 531 cases (212 recent or 40 percent). 
  • The province of Bulacan led with an astounding 448 cases (85 percent of the total in the region). 
  • Marilao, San Jose del Monte, Baliuag, Bocaue, Guiginto, Balagtas, Santa Maria, Pulilan, Obando, and Malolos – all in Bulacan – were the top ten. 
  • There were 10 cases that had no tagged location on a city/municipality level – 7 from Zambales and 3 from Bulacan.
  • Region VI was in fourth with 266 total cases (249 recent or 94 percent)
  • Negros Occidental owned 153 of the total cases (58 percent)
  • It was Iloilo City that had the majority of cases on a city/municipality level with 76 cases. Iloilo City owned 77 percent of the 99 total cases in the province of Iloilo.
  • There was only 1 case with an untagged location at the city/municipality level.
  • Central Visayas came in fifth with 102 cases (91 recent or 89 percent) 
  • The province of Cebu had the most cases – 99 (97 percent of total).
  • The City of Cebu owned 33 of the 99 cases (33.3 percent).
  • 7-day average of new cases as of September 17, 2020: 3,910 cases/day (lower)
  • 7-day average of new deaths as of September 17, 2020: 103 deaths/day (lower)


  • Global case fatality rate: 3.13 percent
  • Global recovery rate: 72.6 percent 

The world had more than 300,000 cases for the second consecutive day with a new 7-day average high at 287,030 cases/day.

The total global deaths were slightly lower with 5,455 new deaths posted, bringing the 7-day death average to 5,232 deaths/day.

The United States continues to lead with close to 6.9 million cases. The number of cases in the US has eased to around 44,000 cases/day. 

India’s story on the other hand is different as it continues to dominate the global numbers with new cases hovering above 90,000/day. With a 7-day moving average of 94,000 cases/day, India will most likely cross the next million mark in more or less 9 days. 

Brazil remains in third place but has seen considerable slowing down of the number of new cases and new deaths.

  • India continues to top the list with a new record high for the nation at 96,793 cases.
  • Two European nations – Spain and France – continue to see huge increases in new cases at more than 10,000 yesterday. 
  • Israel has occasionally broken into the top ten the past days as it nudges into tenth place yesterday with 4,791 new cases.
  • India reported the most deaths at 1,174 yesterday. 
  • Indonesia ranked 10th in global deaths yesterday with 122 recently announced fatalities.