There was a slight uptick in new cases in the country the week of November 22-28 (compared to the previous week). Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
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With 2,079 new Covid cases, PH breaks almost three-week streak of less than 2000 cases a day

The last time we saw more than 2K cases/day was November 9  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Nov 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.

November 29, 2020 (updated)

The last time the Philippines saw more than 2,000 cases/day was November 9 when 2,011 cases were recorded. It took only twenty days to break the thin ice, as the Health Agency reports 2,076 new cases today.

Because it is the weekend, more than 10,000 recoveries were reported—but this does not mean that they all recovered at the same time.

Quezon City is back on the leader board, and it is joined by three provinces in CALABARZON and one city in Pampanga on the top five.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • A slight decline in cases in the NCR is noted overnight. Nevertheless, Mega Manila continues to lead among all regions.
  • Davao Region for the first time lands in second over-all among regions with the most cases.
  • CALABARZON, Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Luzon and Central Visayas report triple digits for new cases.
  • Outside of the NCR, both Davao del Sur and Negros Occidental reported triple digits on a provincial level.
  • Davao City was back on the leader board yesterday for cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • There were 10 cities from NCR that were in the top 20 list. Two cities were from Negros Occidental – Kabankalan and San Carlos. Three cities were from Pampanga – Guagua, San Fernando and Angeles.
  • Two new entrants in the top 20 for the day were: Gandara in Western Samar and Guagua in Pampanga.


With close to 600,000 new cases reported yesterday and over 9,000 new deaths, the world is on track to surpass the 63,000,000 count before the end of November.

The United States continues to lead globally in both new cases and new deaths.

Because there are 12 countries with more than 1 million cases each, instead of posting the top ten, countries with one million and more cases will be announced.

  • Global case fatality rate is lower at 2.33 percent even with less than 10,000 deaths overnight.
  • Six European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Italy, Ukraine, UK, Poland and Germany.

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The week in review

  • There was a slight uptick in new cases in the country the week of November 22-28 (compared to the previous week) as seen in the slight increase in growth rate and a reproduction number (Rt) touching very close to 1 (from previous lows of 0.88 in the country and 0.79 in the NCR).
  • Highlighted in yellow are the unfortunate news – a rise in both cases and deaths in the senior citizen group.
  • The graphs below show how the Philippines is faring since the start of the pandemic. Again, the over-all performance of the Philippines, while showing gains, is painstakingly one that is disproportional to the length of lockdown – the longest in the world. No other country has had a lockdown of this length with a very obtuse decline in cases.
  • On a per capita basis (per million population), some neighboring countries in Asia are seeing slightly more cases than the Philippines over the past weeks.