Negros Occidental has 196 newly announced cases today. Scenic shot of San Carlos, Negros Occidental from Wikimedia
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With 2,747 newly reported cases, PH crosses the 300,000 mark in total COVID cases

Meanwhile, our backlog numbers are fewer. Ninety percent of our total cases are new.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 26 2020

Disclosure: All data provided are from the Department of Health’s various information sites including their data drop. Where appropriate, other graphs, illustrations, tables and data are appropriately referenced.


September 26, 2020 (updated)

The Philippines officially passes the 300,000 threshold

  • 2,747 newly reported cases today brings our total to 301,256. There were 852 cases removed from the total case count.
  • 40 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region.
  • Of the 1,115 cases reported today from NCR, only 962 (86 percent) are recent (from September 13-26).
  • Of the 63,066 active cases, 1.2 percent are severe while 2.7 percent are critical (around 2,460 cases).
  • Of the 2,327 cases, 90 percent or 2,471 are recent (September 13-26, 2020)
  • In terms of top 5 regions with total cases: NCR (1,115), Region IVA (443), Region III (250), Region VI (234), and Region VII (129).
  • In terms of top 5 regions with recent cases (September 13-26): NCR (962), Region IVA (419), Region VI (233), Region III (219), and Region VII (127).
  • This difference in the total and recent cases shows that NCR and Region III continue to own a large share of backlogs as part of their reported cases. Regions VI and VII had almost no more backlogs to report. Which makes the data worrisome – the rise in number of cases in Western and Central Visayas are recent.
  • Recovery rate is down to 77.3 percent with 787 recoveries. However, 259 cases were removed from the list of COVID-19 patients and recoveries.
  • 88 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate higher at 1.75 percent
  • Most of the deaths are from NCR (36) and CALABARZON (15).
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (62 of 88 occurred in September)
  • 134 testing centers (102 RT-PCR and 32 GenExpert)
  • 3,373,956 individuals tested (around 30,670 tests/million population)

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases. Region VI stayed in third, followed by Regions III and X in fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark for two weeks but higher yesterday at 8.9 percent for the country and lower at 8.9 percent for the National Capital Region (for September 24, 2020).
  • The cumulative positivity rate for NCR has also declined to 12 percent. But the cumulative positivity rate for the Philippines remained unchanged – implying that the number of cases are seeing a decline in NCR but increasing in other regions. 
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 802 total cases yesterday, Quezon City and Manila regained their old spots both locally and nationally.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases were as follows:
  •  top twenty cities/municipalities with the highest cases were:
  • Thirteen of the 17 cities in NCR were in the top twenty cities/municipalities in the country with the most cases reported.
  • Bacolod City was in third spot yesterday among cities/municipalities with most cases in the country.
  • The remaining cities were ALL from CALABARZON.



  • Case fatality rate: 3.03 percent
  • The world continued an upward trajectory with respect to new cases, with a 7-day average close to 300,000 cases/day.
  • India continued to lead in cases and deaths
  • France remained in fourth spot with close to 16,000 cases overnight and ranked 8th in deaths with 150 new deaths overnight. 

 Feature story of the day

The second wave in Europe – will it mean more deaths?

Europe now has a rolling 7-day average of more than 50,000 cases/day based on data from Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday alone, it reported more than 60,000 cases with France contributing to one-fourth of the total cases. The other countries that contributed to the increase in cases were: Russia, UK, Spain, and the Ukraine.

France and Spain led in highest deaths.

And while most of the cases are being seen in the younger age group as classes have begun to open in the European nations, the cases may and will eventually translate to the older population that carry higher mortality risks as they are the vulnerable population.

The second wave is hitting the European continent harder than it did the first time around with cases exceeding its records per country. On the other hand, the deaths have been much lower – perhaps because of better science and the countries are more prepared at the second onslaught?

The arrival of the flu season as the northern hemisphere approaches autumn and winter season is a cause for concern because additional infectious agents that resemble COVID-19 in presentation and can potentially become a complication to a pre-existing condition can burden the health care system in these nations.

And with the cooler and colder months ahead, the ‘perfect storm’ for a pandemic looms in Europe.