The Easter Sunday data drop 04.04.2021

The Health Agency reports more than 40,000 new recoveries in the Easter Sunday recovery haul. New cases, however, totaled 11,028 new cases pushing the total a few thousand short of 800,000 cases. The positivity rate remains above 20 percent with fewer laboratories open during the long Holy Week holiday.

Hospitals in the National Capital Region are in filled beyond critical levels with ICU beds at 78 percent and isolation beds at 70 percent.

The surge in the country is now on its fourth week. Notice in the graph below as provided by the COVID-19 Tracker site of the Department of Health that the week on week cases from March 4-10, followed by March 11-17, then March 18-24, and March 25-31 saw the highest number of cases within the March 25-31 frame. However, with the growth of cases has significantly slowed down compared to the past three weeks. Nevertheless these are high still high numbers to contend with and will take time awhile before it can be brought down considering the fact that the current cases were exposures within the past two weeks.

Based on the actual cases, the Philippines recorded 71,603 cases from March 28-April 03, 2021, or a 7-day average of more than 10,000 new cases daily.

The daily positivity rate for the Philippines as of April 02, 2021 was higher than the highest positivity rate almost one year ago and only 161 or 208 laboratories submitting data on April 2, 2021.

Todays data drop showed NCR continue to lead with 51.2 percent (5,646 new cases) of the total. As usual, CALABARZON came in second with 2,038 (18.5 percent) and Central Luzon in third with 1,110 (10.1 percent) cases. These three regions continued to account for more than 80 percent of the total cases in the country.

Cagayan Valley and CAR contributed 547 and 506 cases each, respectively. Others with triple digits were: Ilocos Region, Central Visayas and Western Visayas. Sadly, there are 97 patients who were positive for the virus but had no tagged location on a regional level. It is cases like these that make it difficult to find where and who the patients are. Obviously, if you don’t know who and where they are from, there is no way you can do contact tracing.

In the NCR, Quezon City continued to dominate the daily haul with 1,158 new cases or 20.5 percent of the cases in Mega Manila for the day. Ironically, Quezon City had more cases than the whole of Central Luzon reported for April 4, 2021.

Two cities reported more than 600 cases: Manila and Caloocan City. Taguig had 502. Pasig with 432. Malabon and Parañaque had more than 300 but less than 400 cases. Makati, Mandaluyong, and Las Piñas had more than 200 but less than 300 cases. The following cities had more than 100 but less than 200 cases: Navotas, Pasay, San Juan and Marikina. Muntinlupa, Pateros and Valenzuela reported double digits.

Fourteen of 17 LGUs in NCR were in the top 20 cities with most cases.

On a provincial level, Cavite continued to lead in number of cases, followed by Rizal and Bulacan. The following provinces are seeing a rise in cases: Batangas, Isabela, Pampanga and La Union.

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