NCR remains the top region with the most number of reported COVID cases, as of October 20. Photo of the Manila Cathedaral by Judgefloro on Wikimedia Commons
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NCR just posted its lowest COVID count since September 22

The region now owns less than 1/4 of the 1,640 total cases in the country
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 20 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 20, 2020 (updated)

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

There’s a mixed bag of skepticism in today’s report.

The good news is that the Health Agency announced only 1,640 new cases (1,487 of them recent) for the day.

But that’s not without hitches. Because while the Department of Health continued to identify the top contributing province or locality, there was no Data Drop information. This is the excel file usually uploaded in the DOH website containing case numbers by region, municipalities, etc. Which means, that we will need to just take the announcement of the Health Agency – hook, line and sinker.

Based on the October 18, 2020 testing data, we barely scratched the surface when it came to testing and their results. With more than 138 laboratories reporting and 147 already accredited, we sank to an all time low on number of people getting tested.

What does that imply? That a reason why the number of cases are low is because the test results are not being submitted on time or that people aren’t getting tested anymore (for one reason or another).

Let’s see how the daily data plays off in the next few days. If the data is reflective of the real situation in the country, this trend should continue. Because if and when it fluctuates erratically, inefficiency is the reason why we get rebound data.

Yesterday’s data breakdown

As of this writing, there was no Data Drop from the Health Agency for yesterday’s data. Not to pass judgement on the agency, but they did announce (and continue to announce) the top provinces or localities that had the highest numbers. If they were able to identify these and report the numbers, there surely should been a basis for this information. 



  • As of October 18, 2020, only 18,832 samples were tested this day with 17,200 individuals being tested. Even the testing lab submission rate was only 82.6 percent. While the positive rates are less than 10 percent, the fact remains – PCR testing was at an all time low.


Two countries – Spain and Argentina – have officially crossed the million mark in number of coronavirus cases. Colombia and France will most likely follow suit before the weekend.

The United States had the highest number of cases yesterday, while India reported the highest number of deaths for the day.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.76 percent
  • The 7-day average of new cases is now close to 370,000 cases per day.
  • The US was back on top among countries with new cases, while India topped the number of deaths reported yesterday.
  • The United Kingdom is seeing new record highs and had the third highest number of cases yesterday.
  • Five countries in Europe landed in the top 10 new cases yesterday – UK, France, Spain, Italy and Belgium. The least number of new cases in the top ten is now at least 10,000 cases per nation.