Dagupan City reported 145 COVID cases from October 1-15. Photo from the City of Dagupan's website

Pangasinan and Northern Samar land for the first time in top 5 provinces with highest COVID cases

And they have never even been in the Top 10 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 16 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 16, 2020 (updated)

With 1,003 cases recorded for September 2020 but only announced today, the total number of newly announced cases is 3,139. NCR is still “counting” cases that supposedly were swabbed positive in March.

Less than two-thirds of the reported cases today are recent.

Of the 34 deaths reported today, only one came from NCR. All the rest were from the various regions with CARAGA and Region VI reporting the most deaths.

The stressful part of our daily lives is the pain of having to watch the Health Agency reporting so much backlog data day in and day out. 

With more than 3,000 newly announced cases today, we remain in 19th spot in the world in terms of number of total documented cases of coronavirus.

With more than 3,000 newly announced cases today, we remain in 19th spot in the world in terms of number of total documented cases of coronavirus.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR continues its downward trend in cases.
  • Note how scattered the new cases in various provinces are. Pangasinan and Northern Samar, who have never been in the top ten, are now even among the top five provinces.
  • Nine of the cities in NCR are among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Cities outside of the NCR that were in the top twenty list were:
    • Luzon: Dagupan (Pangasinan), Ilagan City (Isabela), DasmariƱas City (Cavite) and Baguio City (Benguet)
    • Visayas: Laoang and Catarman (Northern Samar), Bacolod City (Negros Occidental), and City of Maasin (Southern Leyte)
    • Mindanao: Zamboanga City (Zamboanga del Sur), Davao City (Davao del Sur), and Cagayan de Oro (Misamis Oriental)


The world has crossed the 39,000,000 mark. It has also broken a new world record with more than 400,000 new cases in a single day recorded overnight. The United States takes back the lead from all countries in both new cases and new deaths.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.81 percent
  • A new world record in number of cases was recorded yesterday with more than 400,000 new cases reported. The global 7-day average of cases is now more than 340,000 cases/day (or approximately 1,000,000 cases every 3 days).
  • The US is back on top of the world with the most number of cases and deaths reported yesterday.
  • France continues to report new daily highs – this time with more than 30,000 new cases overnight.
  • Five countries in Europe land in the top 10 new cases yesterday – France, UK, Spain, Czechia and Italy. The second wave is hitting Europe with unprecedented new record highs for the individual nations.

Feature story

Dagupan, Pangasinan

A first class independent component city in the province of Pangasinan, this city which is one of the top producers of milkfish (locally known as “bangus”) in the province was number 2 among all the cities in the country with the most number of coronavirus cases yesterday.

Dagupan city is administratively and politically independent from the provincial government of Pangasinan.

With a land area of a little more than 44 sq km and a population of around 175,000 people (as of 2015 census), the city is relatively dense with 3,900 people/sq km.

Because Dagupan City is the economic hub of Pangasinan and the rest of North Central Luzon, people in the province and nearby provinces trek to the city daily. 

With a robust economy, the city now has several BPO (business process outsourcing) companies located there. There are also several universities and schools and regional television stations of GMA-7, CNN, and TV5, to name a few.

The first four cases in Dagupan City were recorded on April 12 (swabbed on March 27). For April, the city recorded 9 cases.

This was tempered in May when they reported only one case. There were 12 cases recorded in June, 13 cases in July and when the rest of the archipelago had a horrible August, the city reported only 16 cases.

In September, Dagupan City had a surge with 75 cases reported.

From October 1 – 15 alone, it has reported 145 cases and will likely more than double its share in September. There are now 271 cases in the city with 10 deaths as of October 15, making the case fatality rate of this city one of the highest in the country at 3.69 percent.