The province of Rizal reported 66 cases today. Photo of Masungi Georeserve by Jtepace on Wikimedia Commons

The Philippines reports 883 new Covid cases today—our lowest case count since 14 July

This may probably be due to the fact that only 10,336 individuals were tested on December 25
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Dec 27 2020

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December 27, 2020 (updated)

The DOH reports 883 new cases today, the lowest number of cases since July 14, when we saw 547 cases. Note, however, that this may probably be due to the fact that only 10,336 individuals were tested on December 25 and may not reflect the real number of cases.

The province of Rizal takes back the top spot in areas with highest number of cases. Only one other province is in the top 5 for the day, Benguet. The rest in the top 5 haul are cities – Quezon City, Davao City and the City of Manila.

There are 42 new deaths posted today and because it is a weekend, the usual high number of recoveries: 7,635–bringing the active cases in the country to an all time low of 4.7 percent. In short, less than 5 percent of the coronavirus cases are classified as active (i.e., asymptomatic, mild, moderate, severe or critical).

Yesterday’s data breakdown

The Philippines

  • While the average deaths are lower this week, the average cases increased by 15 percent from last week.
  • NCR continued to be the epicenter in the country with 375 new cases yesterday, accounting for 26.7 percent of the total numbers in the country.
  • Quezon City was the top contributor among cities/municipalities again with 98 cases.
  • THREE other regions aside from NCR reported triple digits – CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Eastern Visayas.
  • The province of Bulacan led yesterday’s haul with 100 cases on a provincial level.
  • Four provinces in Region IVA continue to remain in the top ten – Rizal, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite.
  • Ten of 17 cities in NCR were among the top twenty cities/municipalities with highest cases yesterday with Quezon City the only city reporting triple digits. Of the ten cities in NCR, seven of them were in the top ten.
  • Three cities/municipalities in Rizal were in the top 20 – Antipolo, Cainta and Taytay.
  • Carigara, a second class municipality in Leyte is the new entrant to the top twenty list. 


With 510,393 new cases, the world is now closer to the 81,000,000 mark. Meanwhile, there are 7,061 new deaths posted. 

The US continues to lead in both new cases and new deaths overnight in spite of the lower numbers reported.

While there are 17 nations with more than 1,000,000 cases, South Africa will most likely join the millionaire cases mark very soon.

  • Global case fatality rate: 2.19 percent.
  • Four European nations were among the top 10 contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – UK, Turkey, Germany and Italy.

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The week in review

  • The Rt (reproduction number) is up both nationally and in the epicenter, Mega Manila. This explains the increase in total cases (and 7-day average) over the past week.
  • Note that even the daily positivity rate for the past week is higher than that of the week prior.
  • The graphs below from the European CDC show a summary of how the Philippines and other neighboring Asian countries are doing in the pandemic. The data used is per capita (expressed as number per million population).
  • Note the decline in testing over the past weeks, and the slight rise in the daily positivity rate of positive coronavirus cases in the Philippines.
  • Note the slight upward bump of cases over the past week in the Philippines. Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea are seeing an upward rise in cases, while Myanmar is seeing a decline in the number of cases over the past week.