Cavite stood out among the provinces in Region IVA for the month of September with close to 6,000 cases as of Sept. 29. Photo from ABS-CBN News
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September closes with 40,000 less COVID cases than August

Meanwhile Cavite leads this month for CALABARZON in number of cases 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 30 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 30, 2020 (updated)

  • 2,426 newly reported cases today brings our total to 311,694. There were 35 cases removed from the total case count.
  • 36.6 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region.
  • Of the 887 cases reported today from NCR, 540 (86 percent) are recent (from September 16-29). Nevertheless, there are still cases way back from March and April that are being resurrected and reported. 
  • Of the 2,426 newly announced cases, 87.11 percent or 2,113 are recent (September 17-30, 2020)
  • Top 5 regions for total cases today:
    1. NCR – 887
    2. CALABARZON – 573
    3. Central Luzon – 163
    4. Northern Mindanao – 161
    5. Western Visayas – 144
  • Top 5 regions for recent cases (September 17-30):
    1. NCR – 746 (84% of total)
    2. CALABARZON – 485 (85 % of total)
    3. Northern Mindanao – 161 (94% of total)
    4. Central Luzon – 150 (92% of total)
    5. Western Visayas – 137 (95% of total)
  • Recovery rate is down at 81.3 percent with 585 recoveries.
  • 58 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate up at 1.77 percent.
  • Most of the deaths today are from NCR (20 of 58) followed by Western Visayas (16).
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (42 of 58 occurred in September)
  • 136 testing centers (104 RT-PCR and 32 GenExpert)
  • 3,487,710 individuals tested (around 31,700 tests/million population)

 How are we faring month on month since the start of the lockdowns?

 Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases with Region IVA seeing a rise in its daily cases. The data of Region IVA showed significantly more backlog cases yesterday compared to all the other regions.
  • Regions III, VI and CAR were in 3rd to 5th rank, respectively.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark since September 5 – or for 23 straight days.
  • The National Capital Region has been seeing 50 percent less cases than in the previous weeks.
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 628 total cases yesterday, Quezon City is back on top and the only city with triple digits.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases yesterday saw four provinces in CALABARZON in the top ten. Cavite led the day with 279 cases and in second spot, followed by Laguna in fourth, Batangas in eighth and Rizal in ninth.
  • Benguet is back in the top ten (at 7th spot) with 55 cases from the province.
  • The top twenty cities/municipalities were mostly from NCR. However, there were fewer NCR cities today with only 10 cities, compared to the past days. Quezon City continued to top the day. Bacolod City was in second with triple digits.
  • It was Cavite that came as the surprise of the day with FIVE cities in this province in the top twenty – Imus, DasmariƱas, Bacoor, Tanza and General Trias.


  • Case fatality rate: 2.99 percent
  • The weekend furlough has ended and the numbers are back with close to 300,000 cases overnight.
  • India continued to lead in cases and deaths and has over 6.2M cases and close to 100,000 deaths reported as of yesterday.
  • Indonesia was 9th among the top ten countries for deaths with 87 reported.
  • Three European countries are now back in the top ten – Spain, France and the UK.
  • Indonesia ranked tenth in number of deaths for the day yesterday with 128 deaths reported.

Feature story of the day

Cavite (CALABARZON, Philippines)

Feature story of the day

Cavite (CALABARZON, Philippines)

With a land mass more than twice that of the National Capital Region (1,514 sq. km vs 660 sq. km) and a population around 30 percent that of Mega Manila (3.7M vs 13M), this province in the south of NCR had its first case reported on March 9, 2020 in Imus, Cavite.

While Laguna has more total cases than Cavite, it is Cavite that stood out among the provinces in Region IVA for the month of September with close to 6,000 cases as of yesterday.

Seven component cities, 16 municipalities and 829 barangays make this agricultural, industrial and touristy province a hotspot for a pandemic to evolve because of this favorite destination’s accessibility to NCR.

It is a stone’s throw away from the madding metropolis of Metro Manila. Travel to the province is quick via various expressway routes. Many middle class and lower middle class families have also established homes in this province because properties are much more affordable in the outskirts of the metro. Tagaytay City, a favorite destination in the south of the metropolis is in the province of Cavite.

The total number of cases for the province of Cavite based on the Health Agency data now stands at over 15,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. The city of Bacoor leads with 2,780 cases.