Davao City reported 162 Covid cases today. Photo by Roy Kabanlit on Wikimedia Commons

The PH posts 1,733 new Covid cases, which is almost double yesterday’s case count

Meanwhile, Iran is the 14th country to make it to the list of countries with more than 1 million Covid cases
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 05 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 05, 2020 (updated)

Nothing good lasts forever. So after the one-day good news, the Health Agency reports almost double yesterday's case count – 1,733. Davao City is back on the top of the leader board. The rest are all familiar entries – Quezon City, Benguet, Rizal and Laguna. 

There are 17 deaths reported today.

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • While we saw the lowest cases reported in the last five months, of the 934 new cases yesterday, more than 25 percent still came from the National Capital Region.
  • The only other region that reported triple digits was CALABARZON.
  • Outside of NCR, three provinces in CALABARZON – Laguna, Quezon, and Rizal – were among the top ten provinces that contributed to the haul.
  • Two provinces from the Cordillera Administrative Region – Benguet and Kalinga – were in the top ten as well.
  • Eight cities from Mega Manila were among the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Baguio City ranked second in spots by cities/municipalities.


With over 660,000 new cases overnight, the world now passes the 66 million mark. 

The United States continues to lead globally in both new cases and new deaths. Yesterday, the US had more than 235,000 new cases and the new deaths was close to more than 2,700.

There are now FOURTEEN countries with more than 1 million cases each.

  • Global case fatality rate was at 2.30 percent.
  • Five European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Italy, Germany, UK, and Ukraine.

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The fourteenth country to pass the 1,000,000 mark for coronavirus cases is Iran. 

The country, which has a population of more than 84 million, reported their first case on February 19, 2020. 

While the country had a decline in cases in April, it started to experience an increase in cases in June and the steep climb was noted in September. The numbers has risen ten- to fifteen-fold since then. 

Iran reported the first confirmed deaths in the Middle East and continues to have an average of close to 400 deaths per day. With close to 50,000 deaths in more than 1,000,000 cases, Iran has one of the highest case fatality rates in the world at 4.89 percent (higher than the current world average).

Iran has never imposed a lockdown for fear they would cause further damage to the economy. Despite this, non-essential businesses were closed for two weeks in areas at highest risk last November 21.

Like most countries affected by the pandemic, Iran is awaiting the availability of a vaccine. 

It began developing its own vaccine in the spring and has completed the animal testing phase. It has not, however, specified when testing will be conducted in humans.