To date, Tuba, Benguet has a total of 86 cases. Photo by P199 on Wikimedia Commons
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Benguet's 120 percent rise in cases is due to high numbers in Baguio City, Itogon and Tuba

Just when Baguio opened itself up to tourists 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 27 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 27, 2020 (updated)

The website of the Department of Health has been down for the third day. Information provided here was due to sheer patience and luck when a window opened to access the data drop.

With 1,524 newly announced cases and 14 deaths reported, the Philippines now has a total of 373,114 coronavirus cases.

Top five localities (province/HUC/ICC for the day) put the province of Negros Occidental on top. The province of Benguet is on third place today, which coincides with our feature story for the day – Tuba, Benguet.

Yesterday’s data breakdown

THE PHILIPPINES

  • Top 5 regions yesterday were: NCR, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Central Luzon and Davao Region.
  • Among the top provinces outside of NCR, all five provinces in the CALABARZON region were in the top ten.
  • Davao del Sur was second among the top ten provinces, and the only province in Mindanao in the top ten.
  • Ten cities in NCR were in the top 20 cities/municipalities yesterday, with Quezon City and Manila holding their places in the lead.
  • Davao City led the top 20 cities, while two cities in Benguet Province were in the top 20 – Baguio City and the municipality of Tuba.

THE WORLD

The world closes in on the near-44,000,000 mark with over 450,000 new cases reported on a weekend (unusual). Note the increasing number of cases globally. This is being fueled by the tremendous rise in numbers in Europe’s second wave.

The United States continued to have the highest number of cases while India reported the highest deaths.

The UK displaces Peru to land in tenth place among the countries with top coronavirus cases.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.66 percent
  • The US remained in the lead for both most number of new confirmed cases and deaths yesterday. With the current daily average, it will undoubtedly break the 9,000,000 mark tomorrow.
  • Six European nations were in the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – France, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Belgium. The least number of cases in the top ten was more than 15,000.

 Feature Story

Tuba, Benguet

This first class municipality in the province of Benguet makes a debut in the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases reported yesterday. With a population of less than 50,000 (according to 2015 census), this municipality is otherwise known as the “Gateway to Baguio”, as four access highways – Kennon Road, Naguilian Road, Marcos Highway and Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road – traverse this municipality.

This municipality has a land area of almost 300 sq km, almost half the size of the whole National Capital Region, with a density of 160 people/sq km. Mt. Santo Tomas is the highest peak in the municipality at more than 7,000 feet above sea level.

Mining is the major economy of Tuba. Philex Mining Corporation, the largest gold and copper producer in the country is located in Tuba.

Waterfalls, hot springs, and natural caves are host to tourism attractions for the municipality.

The first case of COVID19 was announced on June 10, 2020 (swabbed June 7) in Tuba, Benguet.

In June, it reported a total of 3 cases. The succeeding months announced 2 cases in July, 15 in August, and 5 in September. From October 1-26, 2020, there were 61 cases already in the municipality. To date, Tuba has a total of 86 cases (or 172 cases per 100,000 population) with no reported/recorded deaths.