Today marks the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in the Philippines as the Health Agency announces 382 new deaths (of which 341 occurred prior to April 2021). The highest deaths recorded in the country were on two occasions – September 14, 2020 (258 deaths) and February 20, 2021 (239 deaths). As mentioned in past posts, deaths may take quite some time to occur because of the long duration of illness among those that are severe or critical. In addition, reported deaths are validated thoroughly and may take quite some time to report as due to COVID-19 as the cause of death or other co-morbid diseases.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays usually report lower cases. There were 9,373 new cases reported today, pushing the total cases now to 812,760. Note, however, that the positivity rate is still at 20 percent and the healthcare capacity is at an alarmingly high level. ICU beds are 82 percent occupied in the National Capital Region, while isolation beds are at 71 percent. On a national scale, the ICU beds are at 63 percent capacity already.
We will most likely overtake Sweden and settle for 29th spot after the 4PM count tomorrow. In the global tally below, at the rate the number of new cases are being reported daily, we will most likely overtake Portugal and Israel before this week ends.
NCR as usual posted the highest number of cases for the day with 3,768 new cases (or only 40.2 percent) for the day. CALABARZON had 1,613 (17.2 percent) and Central Luzon 946 (10.1 percent). It was Cagayan Valley (939 new cases) and CAR (824 new cases) that contributed to the haul for the day. These five regions in Luzon accounted for 86.4 percent of the total cases of the day.
In NCR, it was Quezon City that continued the lead with 906 cases followed by Manila (629). The surprise of the day? Muntinlupa City which reported 216 cases and shot up to 6th place among all cities in the Philippines including all LGUs in the Mega Manila. Thirteen of 17 LGUs were among the top 20 cities with most cases.
Isabela was the overall leader on a provincial level with 601 new cases, overtaking Cavite. Notice that the rankings on a provincial had significantly shifted to the northern part of Luzon, extending to Benguet, La Union, Cagayan and Mountain Province.