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December 17, 2020 (updated)
The DoH reports 1,470 new cases today, with Quezon City back on top of the leader board with 74 cases. This is the first time that the City of Makati enters the top five areas in the country with the highest number of new cases.
Note that the number of newly announced cases are dependent on the positive cases the previous day. With 1,582 positive cases reported today (daily positive rate of 6.3% for December 16) from over 25,000 individuals tested, this may translate to more than 1,800 new cases (including backlog reports) tomorrow.
The DoH also reports 17 new deaths.
Yesterday’s data breakdown
- NCR reported 283 new cases, comprising almost 25 percent of the total cases in the Philippines.
- Quezon City, City of Manila, Makati, Pasig and Marikina were the top five contributors in the NCR region.
- Three other regions reported triple digits – CALABARZON, Davao Region, and Central Luzon.
- Davao del Sur was the top province with most cases outside of the National Capital Region. Davao City alone, owned 126 of the 132 cases from the province (95.45 percent). Davao City was also number one among cities/municipalities with highest number of cases yesterday.
- Three provinces in CALABARZON were in the top ten provinces – Rizal, Cavite and Quezon.
- Nine of seventeen cities in NCR were among the top twenty cities/municipalities with highest number of cases yesterday.
- Quezon City, City of Manila, Pasig City, Makati and Marikina City were 2nd to 6th in rank for that day.
With 716,598 new cases reported in a single day and 13,498 new deaths globally, the world quickly crossed the 74 million mark and will most likely surpass 75 million tomorrow.
The United States continues to lead among countries reporting close to more than 230,000 new cases and close to 3,500 new deaths. Cases from the United States account for more than 23 percent of the global cases for coronavirus.
- Global case fatality rate: 2.22 percent.
- Six European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Turkey, Germany, UK, France, Italy, and Poland.
Late in the summer, the South American nation of Brazil was starting to see a slight reprieve in its coronavirus cases. From record highs of over 70,000 cases in late July, the country started seeing less than 30,000 average cases daily in the month of October.
It did not take more than a month to see the cases rise once more. Yesterday, it reported close to 70,000 cases again, with total active cases almost three-fourths of a million. Because of this, state governments have begun to suspend Christmas and New Year events as COVID-19 hospitalizations increase.
People have been turned away at the doorsteps of hospitals. Intensive Care Units were full to the brim. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been at odds with health officials in the country on how to handle the pandemic. Balsonaro has consistently downplayed the virus and announced last week that Brazil was at the “tail end of the pandemic”, something obviously far from true. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/15/covid-cases-skyrocket-in-brazil-with-no-vaccine-start-date,
According to some people, Brazil is now on its second wave. Sadly, their pattern is similar to the Philippines, where their numbers have not really left the first wave. It is interesting how Brazil has managed to handle this health crisis with Bolsonaro being blamed for spreading disinformation and not giving the public clear guidelines on how to deal with the pandemic.
The country had to endure lockdowns and business closures during the first wave. And as the country now goes into their second wave, people are tired and pandemic fatigue has set in. People have lost interest in pandemic restrictions.
As Covid-19 cases continue to grow, the Sao Paulo state government announced it would reduce business opening hours and that bars would close early.
New Year’s Eve parties in Sao Paulo bars, restaurants and hotels are also banned, with the state government urging families to celebrate at home.
Many health officials fear that without enough vaccines, with unprepared medical services and the upcoming holiday celebrations, health systems already stretched to the limit could completely collapse.
“January is a tragedy just waiting to happen,” said researcher Julio Croda.
This kind of news is not the kind of headline any country would want to be known for.
Anything in disarray becomes deadly in the end and when lives are lost because of failure in leadership, pandemic fatigue will turn to pandemic anger.