Quezon City is the only city that reported triple digit cases in the country today. Photo by Lawrence Ruiz on Wikimedia Commons
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DoH posts 1,768 new Covid cases, with Quezon City reporting the highest number at 112

The Philippines is close to surpassing the 440,000 mark.  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 06 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 06, 2020 (updated)

With 1,768 newly reported cases today, the Philippines is close to surpassing the 440,000 mark. In the top five list of highest Covid contributors are the usual cities and provinces. Quezon City, which has remained at the top of the list from the first month of the pandemic, is the only city that reported triple digit cases in the country. The other city in the top five is Davao City. Three provinces are on the top five list – Laguna, Rizal and Benguet. 

Daily cases still amount to over 1,500 which is not a good indication. While we are doing better compared to the previous months, these are numbers that are still high enough to cause a surge—especially during the holiday season where the tendency to give in to the urges of the festive spirit can potentially spiral out of control, negating our gains from the past months.

The day posts 29 deaths. And because it is a Sunday, the weekly haul for recoveries is up at over 9,000 recoveries bringing the total active cases down to 5.1 percent (22,646).

Yesterday’s data breakdown

THE PHILIPPINES

  • With 1,733 new cases the other day, Mega Manila continues to be the major epicenter in the country, contributing more than 26 percent of the cases yesterday. 
  • The other minor epicenters contributing triple digit cases were: CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Davao Region, Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region.
  • Outside of NCR, Davao del Sur tops the provinces with the most number of cases in the country.
  • Four provinces in CALABARZON contributed to the haul of the cases in the region – Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, and Cavite. 
  • Two provinces from Cagayan Valley – Isabela and Cagayan – were in the top 10 provinces yesterday. 
  • Eleven of 17 cities from Mega Manila were among the top twenty cities/municipalities with most cases.
  • Davao City was back on top and was the only city with triple digits – 162 cases.

THE WORLD

With over 620,000 new cases overnight, the world is set to cross the 67 million mark tomorrow. 

The United States continues to lead globally in both new cases and new deaths with number of new cases exceeding 200,000 daily and new deaths at more than 2,000 for the past week. 

There are now 14 countries with more than 1 million cases each.

  • With more than 10,000 daily deaths from COVID-19, the average decline in case fatality rate now shifts from minus 0.125 percent daily to minus 0.005 percent. This means that there is an increase in deaths compared to the past ten days. The case fatality rate of the world now stands at 2.295 percent. 
  • Six European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Italy, Germany, UK, Ukraine and France.

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The week in review

  • While there was a slight decline in cases this week compared to the week before, note that the reproduction number for the National Capital Region is up past 1.0 as of the end of November. This is a serious concern because this is one of the indicators for coronavirus numbers in the coming weeks. In order to achieve the triple digit goal NATIONALLY, the epicenters should maintain a Rt less than 1.0 and even lower for the next 4 consecutive weeks – a challenge for the upcoming holiday season. 
  • There is a slow but continued decline of new cases over the past week.
  • The number of deaths has also continued its slow but steady decline, parallel to the fewer number of cases. The government should strive to work at getting to zero deaths and sustaining this for more than one to two months in order to arrest the new cases. 
  • Case fatality rate is steady at 1.95 percent, better than the global average of 2.295 percent.
  • The testing capacity is slightly lower but we are now treading the 3-5 percent daily positive rate. This is good. This means that while we are testing less people, the number of people we are testing are mostly negative now. The last time we treaded this daily average was way back in June.
  • The graph below shows how we are trending when compared to some Asian neighbors that are seeing a second or third wave in their countries. Note that this graph depicts the per capita rise (or decline) in daily new confirmed COVID 19 cases per million population.