India reported 62,092 new confirmed cases and 1,032 deaths on October 17. Photo of Taj Mahal by Koushik Chowdavarapu on Unsplash
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The world has officially crossed the 40 million mark in COVID cases

India is back on top with new confirmed cases and deaths globally, while France continues to report new daily highs and overtook both Mexico and Peru 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 18 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 18, 2020 (updated)

Top five localities (province/HUC/ICC for the day) are:

A little more than a third of the total cases today were from NCR. However, of the 2,379 cases announced by the Health Agency, only 1,650 had date of onset of illness from October 4-18, 2020. Sadly, there are still cases being reported as far back as March. 

Most of the deaths reported today were from NCR (31 of 50). As in the announcement of cases, deaths that occurred as far back as June were still being announced today.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • Well yeah, Mega Manila is not a province but will continue to treat the data as a separate one beginning tomorrow. In the meantime, this will be the final day for considering NCR as a province. 
  • Davao Region lands in the top ten provinces with the most cases. The data from Region XI is being pushed up by the increasing cases in Davao City.
  • Nine cities in the NCR were in the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases yesterday. 
  • Cities outside of NCR that were in the top 20 included: Santo Tomas (Batangas), Antipolo, Davao City, Baguio City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro, Ilagan City (Isabela), Butuan City (Agusan del Norte) and Iloilo City. 


The world has officially crossed the 40,000,000 mark. 

It’s a weekend so expect the numbers to be lower. However, European nations continue their upward trend.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.79 percent
  • Because it’s a weekend, the global number of cases reported were lower. However, the 7-day average is around 350,000 cases/day. 
  • India was back on top with new confirmed cases and deaths globally. 
  • France continued to report new daily highs and overtook both Mexico and Peru to land 8th in the world with most number of cases. However, in terms of infection density (per capita), France ranks number 26 in the world with 13,277 cases per million.
  • Five countries in Europe landed in the top 10 new cases yesterday – France, UK, Italy, Belgium and Poland. The least number of new cases in the top ten is now at least 10,000 cases per nation.
  • Tunisia was tenth among the top ten countries with highest deaths (114) announced yesterday.

The Week In Review

  • Slightly better data than the previous week but generally no statistically significant change in number of cases. 
  • There were less reported deaths this week than last week. 
  • The Rt was slightly up (>1.00) for the week, which correlates well with the steady number of cases week in and week out. In order to see a significant decline of cases, the Rt must drop significantly. 
  • In terms of per capita (number of cases per million population), the Philippines ranks 94th in the world with 3,242/million.

 We have two weeks left before October draws to a close. Will we or won’t we clear those pesky backlogs?