Quezon City reported 75 Covid cases today. Photo of Quezon City Memorial Circle by Vannie Hugo on Wikimedia Commons  
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The PH reports 934 cases today, our lowest since mid-July

Meanwhile, there are now 14 countries with more than 1 million cases each with the entry of Iran yesterday.  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 04 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 04, 2020 (updated)

The Philippines reports 934 cases today, our lowest since July 14, 2020. Quezon City is back on top of the leader board while others in the top five are the provinces of Laguna and Bulacan, and the cities of Baguio and Davao.

There are 63 deaths reported today, bringing up our case fatality rate to 1.95 percent.

Yesterday’s data breakdown

THE PHILIPPINES

  • While there was a drop in total cases yesterday to a little more than 1,000, there was a rise in the proportion that the NCR contributed – from 25 percent the day before to 30 percent yesterday.
  • Three other regions contributed triple digits to yesterday’s haul: CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and Davao Region.
  • Outside of NCR, Davao del Sur was the top contributor among the provinces yesterday.
  • Only two provinces in the CALABARZON were in the top ten provinces – Laguna and Rizal.
  • Twelve of the 17 cities from Mega Manila were among the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Davao City and Quezon City tied for the top spot among cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • For the first time, Calapan, a third class component city in Oriental Mindoro was in the top 20 with 15 new cases reported by the Health Agency yesterday. 

THE WORLD

As the world enters the second year of the pandemic, it also marks a new record high for both cases and deaths overnight: there are 775,000 new cases and close to 15,000 new deaths, bringing the total cases past 65,500,000 and total deaths to over 1,500,000.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html

The United States continues to lead globally in both new cases and new deaths. It also continues to post record highs in cases with close to 220,000 and record highs in deaths with 2,918 deaths overnight.

There are now 14 countries with more than 1 million cases each with the entry of Iran yesterday.

  • Global case fatality rate was at 2.31 percent.
  • Six European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Italy, Germany, UK, Poland and France.

Feature Story

Indonesia

Our southernmost neighbor is the most populous among countries in the ASEAN region. With over 270 million people over 17,000 islands, Indonesia has been featured by various media outlets as one of the countries that have had huge challenges at handling the pandemic, much like the Philippines.

Indonesia had a record high yesterday with close to 6,000 new cases. And while it now has more than 557,000 cases, the Philippines still has more cases per capita (3,960/million) versus Indonesia (2,031/million).

The epidemiological curve of both countries are somewhat similar – there is no sign of inflection noted in spite of the lockdowns implemented at varying degrees. Compared to the Philippines, the testing capacity of Indonesia is significantly lower with a higher daily positive rate (<5 percent for the Philippines vs >12.5 percent for Indonesia). Bloomberg notes that among 53 countries in the world based on Covid Resiliency Ranking, Indonesia ranks number 19 compared to the Philippines that sits in rank 46.

The resiliency score is based on 10 indicators equally weighed. When you say they are equally weighed, each indicator contributes equally to the resiliency score.

The 10 indicators are divided into segments. The first is the COVID status. The second is the quality of life.

There are five indicators in each segment.

For COVID status, they are: 1-month cases per 100,000 population, 1-month case fatality rate, total deaths per million population, positive test rate, and access to Covid Vaccines.

For Quality of Life indicators, they are: lockdown severity, community mobility, 2020 GDP growth forecast, Universal Healthcare Coverage, and Human Development Index.

The Philippines did well only on 4 indicators COVID status: 1 month cases/100,000, 1 month case fatality rate, deaths per million and positive test rate. We failed at the access to Covid Vaccines. Indonesia had contracted supplies to as many as 120,000,000 Indonesians as of the ranking. The Philippines failed in all the indicators on Quality of Life.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-resilience-ranking/

Those interested in scrutinizing the resiliency scoring of Bloomberg may access this through their website https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/covid-resilience-ranking/ so that one can have a closer look at the definitions of the 10 indicators and how they ranked the resiliency of various countries. In spite of the rising cases in the United States, and the global contribution to the pandemic of the US, Bloomberg puts them at rank 18, one notch above Indonesia. It is an interesting read, but beyond the discussion for today’s COVID update. There is also a disclaimer that as data changes, the rankings will do, too. The question is, how frequent will Bloomberg update the data? The fluidity of the pandemic makes it a challenge to claim with certainty which countries are the best or worst places to be during the pandemic.