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PH drops to 19th spot as Indonesia takes its place in list of countries with the most COVID cases

With Germany reporting a 7-day average of more than 4,300 cases a day, there will be a shift in the world rankings as the global economy begins to open further
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 15 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 15, 2020 (updated)

Only 25 percent of the total cases today were from NCR.

Eastern Visayas was the surprise of the day while for the first time, Pangasinan is third among the top five provinces with the most cases.

Most of the regional numbers are up while the daily average for new cases remain at around 2,400 per day.


As mentioned yesterday, Indonesia has now replaced us for the 18th spot as we slide down to number 19 in the world with the most cases of coronavirus. 

As long as we maintain the current trend in cases, with Germany reporting a 7-day average of more than 4,300 cases/day, there will be a shift in the world rankings as the global economy begins to open further.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • All provinces in CALABARZON are in the top ten. 
  • Benguet Province was in 8th, with Baguio City contributing the most cases.
  • Twelve of the cities in NCR dominated the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. 
  • Cities outside of the NCR that were in the top 20 list were:
    • Luzon: General Trias (Cavite), Baguio City (Benguet), Imus (Cavite), DasmariƱas City (Cavite), Santo Tomas and Batangas City (Batangas), Dagupan City (Pangasinan)
    • Visayas: Iloilo City (Iloilo)
    • Mindanao: Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur)


  • Global case fatality rate: 2.83 percent
  • A new world record high in number of cases was recorded yesterday with more than 380,000 new cases reported. The global 7-day average of cases is now close to 340,000 cases/day (or approximately 1,000,000 cases every 3 days). 
  • India continued to lead in new cases in the world. But they are seeing a decline in both cases and death. 
  • For the second consecutive day, the US reported the most deaths in a day in the world yesterday. 
  • Brazil is seeing lower cases and deaths as well. 
  • Five countries in Europe land in the top 10 new cases yesterday – France, UK, Spain, Czechia and Belgium.

Feature story 


Situated in the southern shores of Manila Bay, and further south of Metro Manila is the province of Cavite. With a land area of over 1,500 sq km., it is more than twice the size of the National Capital Region. Its population as of 2015 was close to 3.7M people, giving it a density of 23,00 inhabitants/sq km. 

The de facto capital of the province is Trece Martires, but its official capital is Imus City. For three centuries, this historic province has played a crucial role in the historical fight for Philippine independence earning it the title of “Historical Capital of the Philippines”. It became the cradle of the Philippine revolution which led to renouncing Spanish colonial control and the eventual declaration of Philippine independence in Kawit Cavite in 1898. 

Home to touristy spots, beaches and mountains, tourism and agriculture remain the main income-generating economic engines of the province. Tagaytay City is the main tourist spot of the province. Sangley Point and Corregidor Island are other memorable go-to places.

Rich in cultural heritage, the home of Andres Bonifacio in General Trias and the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit are other attractions that make this province south of the metro a must visit and an investment capital.

The Province of Cavite continues to lead among the top provinces (second to NCR) in the daily count of new cases. 

As of yesterday, the top five cities in Cavite that contribute to the pool of cases were: Bacoor with 3,198 cases, DasmariƱas with 2,924, Imus with 2,567, General Trias with 2,049 and Silang with 1,091 cases.