8,019 a new high…The data drop: 03.22.21

A record breaking day for the start of the week as the Philippines passes its new record high and into the 8,000 realm with 8,019 new cases today.

No country has ever had a second surge that ended well. Particularly those from developing nations. This will be a long drawn battle for the nation as the national Ro approaches 2.0. That’s national and not NCR alone. NCR hits an all time high of Ro of more than 2.0. Which is alarming and scary.

This new record high continues to push the active cases as there are now more than 80,000 active cases (12.1 percent). I would like to remind readers that these numbers are based only on those that are tested, recorded and monitored. It does not include those who have signs and symptoms or asymptomatic who have not been tested at all.

The speed of the trajectory now pushes the total cases to more than 671,000 and if we continue this trend in the next few days, we will definitely see more than 700,000 before the week comes to a close.

This is not far from impossible considering the positivity rate has stayed at 15 percent for the past days.

The National Capital Region continued to rake in more than 50 percent of the total cases with 4,103 (51.2 percent) of the cases today. In second was CALABARZON with 1,327 new cases (17 percent). The other provinces with triple digits were: Central Luzon (542), Central Visayas (487), CAR (424), Cagayan Valley (272), Western Visayas (225), and Ilocos Region (120).

In the NCR, Quezon City continued to account for the highest cases with almost 1,000 cases today. This was followed by Manila with 587, Taguig with 375, Makati with 341, Caloocan with 264, Paranaque with 209, and Pasay City with 208 cases. The cities of Malabon, Las Piñas, Pasig, Valenzuela, and Marikina registered more than 100 new cases each. Fifteen of the 17 cities in NCR were in the top twenty cities and municipalities today.

On a provincial level, all provinces in the top ten had triple digits with Cavite leading the pack. Three provinces registered more than 400 new cases each. They were Cavite, Cebu and Rizal.

Of the 81 provinces in the Philippines, only 8 (or less than 10 percent) reported no cases of COVID19 for the day. They were: Surigao del Sur, Eastern Samar, Basilan, Camiguin, Siquijor, Tawi-Tawi, Batanes, Dinagat Islands and Davao Occidental. Batanes has the least COVID-19 cases in the country with just 4 cases since the pandemic began.

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