With 12,674 new cases announced today, this is actually the highest number of cases recorded for a single day in the second surge of the pandemic in the Philippines. The 15,280 cases on April 02, included carry over of more than 3,700 backlog cases from the previous days, making the actual total cases recorded for April 02, 2021 at 11,601. This pushes the total active cases now to more than 190,000 and the total number of cases in the country to 853,209. With a positivity rate of still more than 20 percent (with more than 50,000 samples tested daily in the past several days), we will most likely see more than 10,000 cases daily in the upcoming week.
New deaths reported was 225 today. Healthcare capacity is at alarming capacity with 86 percent of ICU beds and 69 percent of isolation beds now occupied.
As the world shoots past 135 million COVID-19 cases and close to 3 M deaths from COVID-19, the Philippines moves up another rank to number 28, displacing Israel. As the numbers rack up, we will most likely displace Sweden for 27th spot tomorrow.
While NCR continued to lead with 5,920 (46.7 percent) of the total cases in the country, CALABARZON (2,517), Central Luzon (1,515), Ilocos Region (500), Cagayan Valley (487) and Western Visayas (484) accounted for more than 90 percent of the total cases today. There were 80 cases with no known location on a regional level, while there were 25 ROFs.
In the National Capital Region, Quezon City, Manila and Caloocan City were the top contributors responsible for over 44 percent of the cases in Mega Manila. Only the city of Marikina posted double digit cases. Fifteen of 17 cities in the NCR were in the top 20 cities with most cases for the day.
On a provincial level, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal and Laguna had more than 500 new cases for the day. The fewest number of cases among the top ten provinces was Cebu, with 240 new cases.