Black Saturdays high numbers – the prelude to a longer ECQ… 04.03.2021

We ranked 10th in the world yesterday, as the country recorded more than 15,000 new cases (with 3,760 from an underreporting mishap last March 31, 2021). That meant that 11,601 were the actual new cases reported for April 02, 2021.

Today, the Health Agency reports 12,576 new cases and 103 new deaths with astonishingly high positivity rate of 24.2 percent. This means that around 1 in every 4 individuals tested will most likely test positive. And we’re only talking about those getting tested. The Philippines now has 784,043 total COVID-19 cases. A quick look at the hospitals in the NCR show that utilization for ICU is now at an all time high of 80 percent and isolation beds at 72 percent. The reality on the ground is more heart breaking as many patients cry for help in getting admitted, but there is literally no room at the in. Family members end up having to care for the sick and quickly get exposed and turn up positive as well. The number of active cases has exploded to more than 165,000 (21.1 percent).

In the Asian region, our data show how steep the trajectory for the Philippines is, compared to other countries that are seeing a resurgence in cases. While Indonesia and Malaysia see significant improvement, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh and Japan are on a surge. The Philippines has close to 100 new cases per 1,000,000 people or 0.01 percent of the population daily are turning up positive. Note that the data is based on PER CAPITA, and is a better reflection on how we are doing compared to other countries based on population size and not simply numerical values alone.

Today’s data showed NCR owning 6,681 (53.1 percent) of the total. CALABARZON came in second with 17 percent (2,103) and Central Luzon with 1,231 (9.8 percent). Other regions with triple digits were: CAR, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, Western Visayas, and Davao Region. There were 105 cases with no known location on a regional level. Twenty-seven cases were from ROFs.

In NCR, Quezon City and Manila continued the account for most of the cases for the day. A total of 2,265 cases were from these two LGUs alone – comprising more than one-third of the cases in NCR. Caloocan had more than 500 cases. Pasig, Makati and Taguig had more than 400 but less than 500 cases. The cities of Mandaluyong, Parañaque, and Valenzuela had more than 300 but less than 400. Marikina, Pasay, Las Piñas, and Navotas had more than 200 and less than 300. Malabon, Muntinlupa and Pateros had more than 100 but less than 200 cases. The lone city with double digit cases was San Juan with 76.

Fifteen of 17 LGUs from NCR were in the top twenty cities with most cases for today. First to fourteenth place? All from NCR.

On a provincial level, Cavite and Bulacan continue to lead the haul. All provinces in the top 10 continued to rake in triple digits.

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