With almost 1,500 cases for the province of Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City alone contributes to one-third of the total. Photo by Ramon F. Velasquez on Wikimedia Commons.
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With a total 449 cases, Cabanatuan City accounts for one-third of the COVID cases in Nueva Ecija

Meanwhile, for the first time, the world recorded more than half a million cases in a day. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Oct 29 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 29, 2020 (updated)

With 1,761 newly announced cases and 33 deaths reported, the Philippines now has a total of 376,935 coronavirus cases.

Top five localities (province/HUC/ICC for the day) has Quezon City back on the leader board. Rizal, Caloocan City, Davao City and Laguna round up the top five.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • Top 5 regions yesterday were: NCR, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
  • Among the provinces outside of NCR, Benguet had the highest number of cases with Baguio City, Tuba and Itogon raking in the cases for the province.
  • Eight cities from NCR were in the top 20 cities/municipalities yesterday, with Caloocan City for the first time, having the highest number reported for the day. 
  • Davao City, leads among cities outside of NCR in the top 20 cities/municipalities that contribute to the pool of cases yesterday. 
  • For the first time, a city in Nueva Ecija makes it to the top 20 list of cities/municipalities with the highest cases.


There is a new global record for number of coronavirus cases in a single day – 505,091. For the first time, the world recorded more than half a million cases in a day. 

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

The UK displaces Mexico to quickly move up from tenth to ninth place among the countries with top coronavirus cases.

  • Global case fatality rate is seeing an average decline of 0.15% daily: 2.63 percent
  • The US remained in the lead for both most number of new confirmed cases and deaths yesterday. 
  • Six European nations were in the top 10 contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – France, Italy, UK, Spain, Poland and Germany. The least number of cases in the top 10 was now greater than 16,000. 

Feature Story

Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija

Known as the “Tricycle Capital of the Philippines,” Cabanatuan City is home to more than 30,000 motorized tricycles (the major cause of traffic in the area). It is also classified as a first class highly urbanized city in the province of Nueva Ecija. 

Strategically located along the Maharlika Highway, it is a major economic, medical and education hub in the province and serves as the gateway to the North. 

With a little more than 300,000 people (as of 2015 census), this city with a land area of close to 200 sq km is relatively dense with 1,600 people/sq km. It is the most populous city for the province of Nueva Ecija. The city is administratively divided into 89 barangays and is the economic heart of Nueva Ecija. The city is a vital financial hub where various government and private companies have a vibrant presence. Big land developers have made real estate a prime business here, with Ayala Land, Vista Land and Sta Lucia just three examples of prime developers who have turned the place into an eclectic urbanized area.

The first COVID19 case was reported on March 21 (swabbed March 12). The city of Cabanatuan alone reported 3 cases in March, 12 in April, 2 in May and 2 in June. In July it had 29 new cases but saw a significant increase in August with 118 cases and September with 119. From October 1 to 28 alone, it has now reported 164 cases. 

To date, Cabanatuan City has a total of 449 cases and 4 deaths. 

With almost 1,500 cases for the province of Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City alone contributes to almost one-third of the total.