Today marked a new high in the COVID-19 cases in the Philippines as we break the 10,000 mark for new cases in a single day. The Health Agency reports 10,016 new COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 18 percent. The Philippines broke into the top ten countries with highest cases in the world yesterday March 28, 2021, as the saga of the second season of this pandemic in the country bring us into another episode of Enhanced Community Quarantine today.
In order to make the reader understand the numbers in the infographics of the Department of Health, the positivity rate is the number of positives for March 29 based on reports submitted as of March 28, 2021 at 12NN. In short, as of March 28, 2021, 12NN, only 28,492 had been tested. And 5,128 of the 28,492 tested, tested positive. However, there are laboratories that will continue to submit data for those who got tested and tested positive up to the time they release the data at 4PM on the day of announcement. That is why tomorrow, we expect to have fewer cases than today because the data on a Tuesday are for tests done on a Sunday.
There are over 115,000 active cases and our total cases are now at 731,894.
The hospital care capacities are now at a highly critical level in Mega Manila as ICU bed occupancy reach a high of 76 percent and isolation beds are at 70 percent.
Undoubtedly the daily drop continued to reveal that the NCR + bubble contributed to 8,483 new cases or 85 percent of the total cases in the country. NCR accounted for 54.3 percent, CALABARZON 21 percent and Central Luzon 9.4 percent.
Four other regions recorded triple digits – Cagayan Valley, Central Visayas, Western Visayas and CAR.
In the National Capital Region alone, Quezon City continued to report quadruple digits with 1,019 new cases, followed by the City of Manila with 765. Marikina had 457 and Taguig 446 cases. Mandaluyong, Makati, Caloocan had more than 300 but less than 400 cases. Pasig, Pasay, Parañaque, and Las Piñas had more than 200 but less than 300 cases. Valenzuela, Navotas, and Malabon had more than 100 but less than 200 cases.
There were 74 cases with unknown localities in Mega Manila. Fourteen of 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top twenty cities with most cases. The top 12 cities with most cases were all from NCR.
On a provincial level, Cavite led with 756 new cases followed by Laguna with 535, and Rizal with 525. Bulacan had 502 cases today.