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Lucena City reported 39 cases on October 10. Photo of Quezon Provincial Capitol in Lucena City by Rodrigo C. Belleza Jr. on Wikimedia Commons.
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PH now on 18th spot in list of countries with highest COVID cases

While the country is seeing a downward trend in number of cases, the number of deaths are rising
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 11 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 11, 2020 (updated)

It’s official, we are now in 18th position among countries in the world with the most number of coronavirus cases, overtaking Saudi Arabia.

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  • While the number of cases are on a downtrend, the deaths are on an uptrend (rise of 0.1 percent daily for the past week).
  • Cases in NCR are less than one-third of the total cases in the country. The cases outside of the NCR are increasing steadily (almost 60-70 percent of the daily cases are now outside of NCR). 

Yesterday’s data breakdown

 THE PHILIPPINES

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  • All five provinces in the CALABARZON region remained in the top ten.
  • Two provinces in Western Visayas – Iloilo and Negros Occidental – were in third and sixth, respectively. 
  • Davao del Sur was ninth among the top ten provinces yesterday with 67 cases for the province – 64 coming from Davao City (96 percent).
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  • Ten cities in the NCR were in the top twenty cities/municipalities.
  • Eleven cities outside of the NCR (due to a tie for 20th spot) dominated the top twenty list. They were:
    • Luzon: Calamba City (Laguna), Lucena City and Infanta (Quezon), Tanauan and Batangas City (Batangas), and Baguio (Benguet)
    • Visayas: Iloilo City (Iloilo) and Bacolod City (Negros Occidental)
    • Mindanao: Davao City (Davao del Sur), Butuan (Agusan del Norte), and Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur) 

While Lucena City is the capital of the province of Quezon, this first class highly urbanized city is politically independent from the province. With a population of around 300,000 people, the city which sits on 80 sq km of land has a density of around 3,400/sq. km. Economy centers on the “poblacion” and other suburban barangays where the highly dense commercial business district is the central life of the city and province. Most of the factories and warehouses of multinational companies (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Asia Brewery, Nestle, Ginebra San Miguel, etc) are found in the city of Lucena.

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THE WORLD

Brazil crosses the 5 Million mark, the US is set to cross the 8 million mark in a day or two, and the Philippines now lands in 18th place.

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  • Global case fatality rate: 2.87 percent
  • The global 7-day average of cases is now close to 325,000 cases/day (or approximately 1,000,000 cases almost every 3 days). 
  • India continued to lead in both cases and deaths in the world. 
  • The United States is back at more than 60,000 cases yesterday. 
  • France marked a new daily high with more than 20,000 cases. It was enough to displace South Africa from tenth place. France now is back in the top ten countries in the world with the most number of cases.
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THE WEEK IN REVIEW

  • The over-all data is steady. 
  • What changed was the number of deaths had risen significantly from the past weeks. In addition, the fatality profile by age had significantly shifted. Last week 22 percent of deaths were in the 40-59 years old age group. This increased to 27.6 percent (more than 5 percent rise) this week in this age group.
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