Rizal is one of the top five provinces with the most number of newly announced COVID cases. Photo by Patrickroque01 on Wikimedia Commons
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While cases in NCR are plateauing, CALABARZON cases are on the rise

Of the 3,073 newly reported cases today, 2,800 are recent
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 28 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 28, 2020 (updated)

  • 3,073 newly reported cases today brings our total to 307,288. There were 11 cases removed from the total case count.
  • 37.7 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region.
  • Of the 1,158 cases reported today from NCR, 1,055 (91 percent) are recent (from September 15-28). Nevertheless, there are still cases way back from March and April that are being resurrected and reported.
  • Of the 3,073 cases, 91.2 percent or 2,800 are recent (September 15-28, 2020)
  • Top 5 regions for total cases today:
    1. NCR – 1,065
    2. CALABARZON – 825
    3. Western Visayas – 286
    4. Central Luzon – 206
    5. Central Visayas – 82
  • Top 5 regions for recent cases (September 15-28):
    1. NCR – 1,055 (91.2 percent of total)
    2. CALABARZON – 722 (85 percent of total)
    3. Western Visayas – 277 (97 percent of total)
    4. Central Luzon – 198 (96.1 percent of total)
    5. Central Visayas – 81 (99 percent of total)
  • Recovery rate is down at 82.2 percent with only 163 recoveries.
  • 37 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate slightly down at 1.75 percent.
  • Most of the deaths today are from Western Visayas (21 of 37 or 57 percent)
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (26 of 37 occurred in September)
  • 136 testing centers (104 RT-PCR and 32 GenExpert)
  • 3,439,095 individuals tested (around 31,260 tests/million population)

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases. Regions III, VI and XI were third, fourth and fifth. Ninety percent of the reported cases yesterday were recent.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark since September 5 – or for 21 straight days.
  • The National Capital Region has been seeing less cases as well.
  • Note, however, that the number of laboratories submitting cases on time were only around three-fourths of the total lab capacity of the country.
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 1,065 total cases yesterday, Pasig for the first time led the heap. Manila, Quezon City and Taguig reported triple digit cases.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases yesterday saw four provinces in CALABARZON land in the top ten. The surprise of the day was Davao del Sur that had 57 cases reported.
  • The top twenty cities/municipalities were mostly from NCR. Davao City was in 19th place the other day with a little more than 30 cases reported. Yesterday, it moved up to number 13 with 50 new cases added to its purse.


The world officially passes the 1,000,000 deaths mark

  • Case fatality rate: 3.01 percent
  • Because it was the weekend, there were less cases and less deaths reported. Nevertheless, the 7-day average for cases is almost 300,000 per day, while deaths are around 5,200 per day.
  • India continued to lead in cases and deaths and has now more than 6,000,000 cases of coronavirus infection.
  • Indonesia was 10th among the top ten countries for deaths with 78 reported. The Philippines ranked 12th yesterday with 60 newly announced deaths.

Feature story of the day

United Kingdom


One of the hardest hit countries during the beginning of the pandemic was the United Kingdom.

For a highly industrialized country that did targeted testing only in the beginning of the pandemic (and don’t report recoveries), the peak cases seen in the months of March and April may have been underestimated. And as it got reprieve in cases in mid-April, the economy reopened.

By the time mass testing became routine, the UK had awoken to a second wave of coronavirus infection.

The signals are clear. Positivity rates are rising across all age groups and the UK continues to see spikes in rates of admission to hospital and critical care.

The rising number of confirmed cases has prompted tighter restriction on social activity to be brought in across the UK, including a 10pm closing time for pubs in England and Scotland.

People in England has also been told to work from home if they can and in Scotland people will no longer be allowed to visit friends or family at home.


With the UK seeing close to 6,000 new cases in their 7-day moving average, the country is also seeing slightly higher deaths than the past months, though much less than their peak in May.

 The UK cannot afford to be complacent during this second wave as it has one of the highest case fatality rates among other countries in the world. The current CFR stands at close to 10 percent or around 1 death for every 10 cases.