As projected, this week was expected to end the last Friday of the month with a bang.
The Health Agency reports 9,838 new cases (with a few labs still unable to submit reports), the country now has 702,856 total cases and 109,018 of them (15.5 percent) active. With this high numbers, we most likely will be back among the top ten countries with most cases for the day. While there are only 54 deaths reported, these deaths are not real-time and will most likely surge in numbers in the next four weeks.
The icing on the cake is the positivity rate which is at an astounding 17.3 percent! This implies that of every 10,000 individuals tests, 1,730 will test positive. While the ICU occupancy remains above the 70 percent critical level, the isolation bed occupancy has significantly risen to an all time high in the National Capital Region at 68 percent!
The National Capital Region continued the rampage leading the number of the total cases in the country with 5,355 new cases or more than 54 percent. CALABARZON came in second with 18 percent and Central Luzon with 9.6 percent. Again, these three regions alone account for 82 percent of the total cases for the day. Other regions with triple digit cases were: Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Ilocos Region, CAR, and Western Visayas. As in the past year when there was a surge, there was also an increase in cases reported from unknown regions, provinces or cities/municipalities. There were 76 cases from unknown regions today.
Quezon City continues to lead in the NCR with 984 (18.4 percent). However, all LGUs see an increase in cases (except for Pateros). Manila had 813 cases. Makati, Taguig, and Pasig reports more than 400 but less than 500 cases. The city of Caloocan reports 389 new cases. Parañaque, Marikina, Navotas, Pasay City and Mandaluyong all reported more than 200 but less than 300 cases. Valenzuela, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Malabon had more than 100 cases but less than 200. The remaining cities had two digits but were reporting still higher than usual numbers based on the density of their LGU. Fifteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top 20 cities with most cases for the day.
On a provincial level, the province of Cavite had the most cases with 681, followed by Bulacan (594), Rizal (478), Laguna (335), Cebu (334), and Isabela (308).