Misamis Oriental is one of the 10 provinces in the country with the most number of COVID cases as of Sept. 30. Photo by Amarkgio on Wikimedia Commons
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The Philippines lands on 20th spot in list of countries with coronavirus cases, overtaking Pakistan

2,415 newly reported cases today brings our total to 314,079
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 01 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.

October 01, 2020 (updated)

  • 2,415 newly reported cases today brings our total to 314,079. There were 30 cases removed from the total case count.
  • 38.5 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region.
  • Of the 930 cases reported today from NCR, 727 (78.2 percent) are recent (from September 18-October 1). Nevertheless, there are still cases way back from March and April that are being resurrected and reported in both NCR and Region IVA.
  • Of the 2,415 newly announced cases today, 83.2 percent or 2,010 are recent (September 18-October 1, 2020).
  • Majority of the backlogs were from the month of August and September 1-17, 2020.
  • Top 5 regions for total cases today:
    1. NCR – 930
    2. CALABARZON – 589
    3. Central Luzon – 162
    4. Western Visayas – 124
    5. Eastern Visayas – 93
  • Top 5 regions for recent cases (September 18-October 1):
    1. NCR – 727 (78.2% of total)
    2. CALABARZON – 450 (76.4 % of total)
    3. Central Luzon – 162 (90% of total)
    4. Western Visayas – 124 (97% of total)
    5. Eastern Visayas – 101 (92% of total)
  • Recovery rate is down at 80.9 percent with 771 recoveries.
  • 59 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate unchanged at 1.77 percent.
  • Most of the deaths today are from NCR (26 of 59) followed by Central Visayas (7).
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (37 of the 59 occurred in September)
  • 138 testing centers (105 RT-PCR and 33 GenExpert)
  • 3,524,282 individuals tested (around 32,030 tests/million population)

How are we doing compared to other countries in the world?

  • Well, we’ve not caught up with Italy. That’s the good news. However, Pakistan, a country twice the population of the Philippines and who does less testing has seen less cases. Today, the Philippines officially lands on the 20th rank among countries with coronavirus cases, officially overtaking Pakistan.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases with Region IVA seeing a rise in its daily cases and NCR seeing a significant decline.
  • While Region III had more total cases, there were more recent cases in Region X.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark since September 5 – or for 24 straight days.
  • NCR has been seeing less positive cases lately. It used to account for 65-75 percent of the total cases in the Philippines. It now accounts for around 50 percent of total positives for the day.
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 877 total cases yesterday, Quezon City stays on top with the City of Manila with triple digit report.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases yesterday still included four provinces in CALABARZON in the top ten. Cavite was second to NCR with 201 cases followed by Rizal in third over-all with 147.
  • Misamis Oriental, Benguet and Davao del Sur made it to the top ten provinces.
  • The top twenty cities/municipalities were still mostly from NCR. Thirteen of the cities in NCR made it to the top twenty cities/municipalities with the most number of cases for yesterday.
  • The surprise of the day is Cagayan de Oro City which landed fourth with 72 cases.
  • Baguio City, which is reopening its tourism industry today came in fifth spot yesterday with 71 cases.


  • Case fatality rate: 2.98 percent
  • The weekend furlough has ended and the numbers are back with more than 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.
  • France, Spain and the UK are back in the top ten as these European nations see a recent rise in cases during the second wave of the pandemic.
  • Indonesia is tenth place in highest deaths with 139 reported yesterday.

Feature story of the day

Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental, Region X)

Otherwise known as the “City of Golden Friendship”, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is a first-class highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao and is the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. With a land mass of less than 500 sq km and a population of less than 700,000 inhabitants, CDO is the regional center and logistics and business hub of Northern Mindanao. 

Investments in the city are dominated by malls, high-rise hotels, and conventions centers. CDO is home to many highly named industries – Nestle, Del Monte, Liwayway Marketing Corporation, and Philip Morris Tobacco to name a few.

This city is home to many BPOs and real estate boom in the Mindanao area. In 2018 it earned the recognition of being one of the country’s “Top Five Most Competitive Cities” in the highly urbanized city categories given by the Department of Trade and Industries, overtaking Makati City which only placed sixth.