GenSan reported 297 COVID cases from October 1-21, 2020. Photo of Gen. Paulino Santos monument by Thecl2499 on Wikimedia Commons
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PH continues to record lower numbers as rest of the world posts new high of over 440K cases

We’re on Day 3 of newly announced cases less than 1,800
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 22 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 22, 2020 (updated)

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

Third day roll for newly announced cases less than 1,800. And less than 30 percent coming from NCR.

The Philippine Red Cross continues to submit fewer test results for almost a week now.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • Less than one-third of the total positive results were from NCR on October 20. The daily positive rates and cumulative positive rate have stayed low (less than 10 percent).
  • Eight of 10 Philippine Red Cross laboratories provided data. Only 48 positives from 1,351 individuals tested (3.6 percent daily positive rate) was reported for October 20.
  • Outside of NCR, Benguet had the most number of cases reported yesterday, with Baguio City reporting 65 of the 99 cases.
  • When broken down according to top 20 cities/municipalities, only nine cities in the NCR were included. The remaining cities were outside of NCR. Baguio City was second followed by Iloilo in third. Others in the top 20 were: Davao City, Zamboanga City, General Santos City, DasmariƱas (Cavite), Lucena City, Taytay, Calbayog, Dagupan, and Imus. 


The world breaks a new world record in total number of cases – almost 450,000 just for a single day.

The United States continued to have the highest number of cases and deaths reported yesterday.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.75 percent
  • The 7-day average of new cases is now close to 390,000 cases per day.
  • The US remains on top among countries with new cases and new deaths and is likely to being a third wave.
  • Five countries in Europe landed in the top 10 list for new cases yesterday – UK, France, Spain, Italy and Czechia – as many nations in Europe are battling a very brutal second wave. The least number of new cases in the top ten is now almost 15,000 cases per nation.

Feature Story


Hometown to boxing idol Manny Pacquiao, GenSan is a first class, highly urbanized city in SOCCSKSARGEN, with a population of close to 600,000 (census of 2015). With a total land area of close to 500 sq km, this city has a density of 1,200 people per sq km.

Located in Mindanao, and formerly known as Dadiangas, this southernmost city in the Philippines is also the 15th most populous. It is the business hub for commerce and industry in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. While it is geographically located in the province of South Cotabato, it is administered independently from the province.

The city’s major economic activity are from agro-industry and fishing.

The first case of coronavirus was reported on April 7 (swabbed on March 29, 2020). Officially, the case was credited to the month of March.

There were no cases seen for the months of April and May. Two cases were reported in June, 24 in July, 61 in August.

In September, 269 cases were reported. From October 1-21, 2020, there were 297 cases in GenSan, already exceeding the number of cases in September.

With 21 deaths from a total of 664 cases to date, the city has a case fatality rate of 3.16 percent. Higher than the national average.