Lopez, Quezon now has a total of 285 COVID cases and 5 deaths. Photo by Therealbrute on Wikimedia Commons
Culture Spotlight

With 1,799 new cases reported today, the PH now has more than 420,000 Covid cases

Cavite remains the highest contributor to the haul of new coronavirus cases in the country.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Nov 23 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.

November 23, 2020 (updated)

Cavite remains the highest contributor to the haul of new coronavirus cases in the country. It owns 154 cases of the 1,799 newly announced cases for the day. Meanwhile, three provinces in the CALABARZON region are in the top five.

With 50 new deaths, the case fatality rate remains at 1.94 percent. Only 135 recoveries were reported today.

However, due to the increasing cases towards the weekend, the Rt is now up at 0.99 (which is really not good because the CI is 0.97-1.01).

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR topped the haul yesterday with more than 500 new cases.
  • Other regions with triple digits were: CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Davao Region and Western Visayas.
  • Five provinces in CALABARZON remain large contributors to the daily pool of new cases in the Philippines. Davao del Sur came in second. 
  • Nine cities in NCR are in the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Davao City was in second among the top twenty yesterday.


With close to 600,000 new cases for a 7-day average, the world now crosses the 59,000,000 mark. 

The United States continues to lead globally in terms of both total and daily cases and deaths, in spite of the lower weekend haul.

Because there are now eleven countries with more than 1 million cases each, instead of posting the top ten, the countries with more than one million cases will be announced daily.

  • Global case fatality rate continues to track downward to 2.36 percent due to more cases than deaths.
  • Five European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Italy, UK, Poland, Germany, and France.

Feature Story

Lopez, Quezon

Today’s feature story is not a newcomer to the top 20.

Lopez, a first class municipality in the province of Quezon has a population of around 95,000 (as of 2015 Census). It is one of the largest municipalities with a land area of 395 sq km (more than half of NCR).

The major economic driver in the town of Lopez is agricultural with farming and fishing as their main source of income. The municipality has a very rich fishing ground in the Lopez Bay Area for fish, shrimp, prawns and crabs.

Major attractions include Hondagua Bay and several caves meant for adventure.

The municipality is the educational hub in Southern Quezon with several institutions and schools in the area.

It recorded its first case on April 16 (swabbed April 11, 2020).

There were 2 cases in May, 2 cases in June, 3 cases in July, 18 in September, and 100 in October. From November 1-21, the municipality has had 148 cases. Lopez now has a total of 285 cases and 5 deaths for a case fatality rate of 1.75 percent, lower than the national average.