The province of Rizal is again listed as one of top contributors in Covid cases today. Photo of Cainta Church by Elmer Domingo on Wikimedia Commons
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Quezon City posts 163 new Covid cases, the highest number in the PH today

The province of Rizal also reports triple digits with 104 cases  
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 20 2020

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 20, 2020 (updated)

1,754 new cases were reported today. Quezon City continues its triple digit streak with 163 cases. The largest city in the National Capital Region, with a population of more than 2.3 million, QC contributes around 10 percent of the daily cases of coronavirus in the Philippines.

The province of Rizal also reports triple digits with 104 cases today. The provinces of Benguet, Laguna and Bulacan round up the top 5.

There were 36 new deaths today, and the weekend recovery haul reported 8,080 new recoveries, putting the active cases to less than 5 percent of the total cases in the country.

Yesterday’s data breakdown

The Philippines 

  • While there were less cases in NCR yesterday compared to the previous day, Mega Manila still contributed to 29.8 percent of the total haul in yesterday’s count.
  • In NCR, Quezon City continued to lead with triple digits in daily contributions.
  • Four other regions reported triple digits – CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region and Davao Region.
  • Two provinces reported triple digits yesterday: Benguet and Rizal.
  • Four provinces in CALABARZON were among the top ten: Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Quezon.
  • Ten of 17 cities in NCR were among the top 20 cities/municipalities with highest cases yesterday.
  • Quezon City was the only city/municipality in the country with triple digits – 129 cases.
  • Davao City was in second with 75 cases.
  • Mankayan, a first class municipality in Benguet came in third with 51 new cases.


With 615,962 new cases reported and 10,699 new deaths globally on the weekend, the world has now more than 76.6 million cases and close to 1.7 million deaths from COVID-19.

The United States has logged in more than 18,000,000 total cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. With 323,401 deaths, as of this writing, the case fatality rate in the US stands at 1.79 percent.

Two countries breached the two million mark overnight – Turkey and the United Kingdom. 

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.21 percent.
  • Five European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – UK, Germany, Turkey, France and Italy.

The week in review

  • Abbreviated data on how the Philippines did on the week of December 13-19, 2020 is summarized. Some demographic data previously reported is not summarized this week due to problems of the DoH website which has been difficult to access during the week. Data provided includes per capita computation which gives a better view of how the Philippines is doing in terms of population and NOT simply by number of cases per day.
  • While there are less than 10,000 cases over the week, the growth rate and the ability to continue to keep the numbers at bay will be tested with the upcoming holiday season.
  • The daily positivity rate for COVID-19 has stayed between the 3-5 percent range, comfortable enough for the daily testing of an average of 25,000 daily tests run.
  • Compared to other Asian countries that are seeing a second wave (or third), the Philippines and Myanmar are keeping their numbers on the lower end with at least 15 individuals per million population per day in the Philippines and 20 individuals per million population per day in Myanmar.
  • Note that while Indonesia has seen some decline, the curve is in crimson red color indicating the country is not testing enough and that the positivity rate is more than 20 percent (or 1 out every 5 individuals tested are likely positive).