The first day of December sees a spike in number of Covid cases in Ilocos Norte. Photo of Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte by Ibarra Siapno

Ilocos Norte reports 84 new cases of coronavirus

It is also the first time the province lands in the top 5 contributors to PH Covid cases     
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 01 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.

December 01, 2020 (updated)

The DoH reports 1,298 new cases for the day. The first day of December sees a rise in cases in the northern part of the Philippines with Ilocos Norte topping the chart. It is also the first time this province lands in the top five for the day.

There were 27 new deaths announced.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • Of the 1,773 cases yesterday, almost 25 percent were from NCR and 20 percent from CALABARZON.
  • Central Luzon, Western Visayas and Davao Region reported triple digits yesterday.
  • NCR still continues to top the haul and remains the epicenter of the Covid in the country.
  • Except for Batangas, all the other provinces in CALABARZON region were in the top 10 provinces.
  • Negros Occidental had the highest cases on a provincial level yesterday.
  • Four provinces were in the 10th spot with 37 patients each – Bataan, Leyte, Pangasinan and Cebu.
  • Nine (9) cities from Mega Manila were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Davao City topped the cities/municipalities with most cases
  • The new entrants in the top 20 were Sagay City in Negros Occidental and City of Panabo in Davao del Norte.


The world reported more than 520,000 new cases (and almost 9,000 new deaths) yesterday pushing the global coronavirus cases to pass 63,500,000.

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

There are 12 countries with more than 1 million cases each. Poland will most likely be the 13th in a day or two.

  • Global case fatality rate is lower at 2.317 percent even with close to 9,000 deaths overnight.
  • Five European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Italy, Germany, UK and Ukraine.

Feature Story

The month-on-month data on cases and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is shown below (based on the Data Drop of the Department of Health).

Notice that there is a correlation between cases and deaths – the more cases there are, the more deaths for the month or the succeeding months.

While we are seeing a decline in total cases from previous months, we need to make sure that the gains are sustained. Otherwise, the nine months of lockdown is meaningless. And we will keep returning to square one.