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Cebu province lands in the fifth place among provinces with highest cases. Photo of Capitol Compound in Cebu City by Andrewhaimerl via Wikimedia Commons
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Region 7 is back in top 5 regions with highest COVID cases

And 89 percent of that number comes from Cebu alone.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 21 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.”]


Philippines Total as of September 21, 2020: 290,190 cases

  • Total new cases announced today: 3,475
  • Recent cases (September 8-21, 2020): 2,648 (76 percent only)
  • Backlogs (March to September 7, 2020): 827 (with the majority occurring from July to September 7). 
  • Active cases 54,958 (up) with 4.5 percent (2,474 cases) severe or critical.
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  • Even the top 5 regions had significant backlogs being reported today, with three of the five in the top five having less than 80 percent recent data (NCR, Region IVA and Region VI)
  • Region VII is back in the top five regions with highest cases and Cebu province lands in the fifth place among provinces with highest cases
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  • Number of testing facilities: 129 (99 RT-PCR labs, 30 GeneXpert labs)
  • Total individuals tests: 3,191,229 (2.9 percent of population or 30,668 tests per million population)
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THE DATA YESTERDAY

Testing capacity as of September 19, 2020

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The summary as of September 20, 2020

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 286,783
  • Total cases: 3,311 newly reported (2,774 recent or 83.8 percent from September 7-20, 2020)
  • Region with highest number of cases: NCR – 1,435 total (1,182 recent)
  • Top regions (with more than 100 cases): NCR, Regions IVA, III, VI, and VIII. 
  • Regions with single digit report: Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Repatriates: 13 new cases (Total: 11,551).
  • Unidentified on a regional level: 6 cases. (Total unknowns [regional]: 4,797)
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The unknowns (Cases with NO TAGGED LOCATIONS)

Total unknowns: 20 (0.6 percent down from 3.5 percent the day before). 

  • Regional level: 6
  • Provincial level: 4 (3 from CALABARZON, 1 from Zamboanga Peninsula)
  • City/Municipality level:  10 (4 from Camarines Sur, 3 from Cavite, 2 from NCR and the rest from other provinces in the country)
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 The known (Top 5 Regions)

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  1. NCR
  • Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan and Marikina had three digit cases reported
  • All the other cities had less than 100 cases
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2. Region IVA (CALABARZON)

  • The cities of Calamba and Cabuyao in Laguna had the most cases with 68 and 60 cases, respectively.
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3. Region III (Central Luzon)

  • While the province of Bulacan registered the most cases, it was the city of Olongapo in Zambales that registered the highest number of cases on a city/municipality level.
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4. Region VI (Western Visayas)

  • The city of Bacolod in Negros Occidental reported the highest number of cases on a city/municipality level in the region. The city alone owned 169 of the 309 cases (55 percent). This is significant because 97 percent of the cases in the region are recent.
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5. Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)

  • With 95 percent of the cases in Eastern Visayas considered recent, Catbalogan in Western Samar continues to lead among the cities/municipalities in the region.
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  • 7-day average of new cases as of September 20, 2020: 3,650 cases/day (lower)
  • 7-day average of new deaths as of September 20, 2020: 88 deaths/day (lower)
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THE WORLD

  • Global case fatality rate: 3.09 percent
  • Global recovery rate: 73.1 percent
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  • The United States of America has surpassed 7 million cases today
  • India continues an upward trajectory. Although there were slightly less cases reported, it continued to report the most cases and deaths yesterday. 
  • Brazil has significantly reduced the number of reported cases and continues to sustain the decline. 
  • As in every weekend, the cases and deaths reported are significantly less (as if the virus sleeps over the weekend…but we will see the surge a day or two later when those weekend numbers pile up and get reported).
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  • India continues to top the list with 87,382 cases.
  • France continues its rising number of cases with 10,569 cases overnight. Israel is back in the top ten with 4,300 cases.
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  • India reported the most deaths at 1,135 yesterday. 
  • Mexico had more deaths reported than Brazil and USA (but I have a feeling this is an under reporting from the part of many countries as it is a weekend and is not a reflection of the true fatality rates there)
  • While Indonesia reported only 105 deaths, it still landed 8th in rank in deaths from COVID-19.
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