If there are two days of the week we look forward to, even during a surge, it’s Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
When this trend is broken and the cases exceed the other days of the week, we know that this pandemic is headed north. But it isn’t. The Health Agency reported 5,683 new cases today and 9,028 new recoveries, bringing the active cases lower to 6.2% (66,060). This brings the total COVID-19 cases in the country closer to 1.07 M, which we will most likely achieve tomorrow.
Positivity rate is lower than 15% today, the lowest it has come since the start of the overwhelming surge. In spite of this, this is still a far cry from the 5% cut-off of the World Health Organization and will still be a long way to go. Occupancy of intensive care units in hospitals is still a high of 74%.
There are now over 1,000,000 cases with outcomes – 92.2% recovering and 1.65% resulting in deaths. With the 97 new deaths reported today, the case fatality ratio based on outcomes (recoveries and deaths) stands at 1.76%.
Note, however, that 21 laboratories were unable to submit data for today.
The number of cases in NCR was less than 2,000 because of the lower total cases reported. CALABARZON was in second with 1,146 new cases. Ten other regions continued to report triple digits.
In the NCR, Quezon City continued tolled with cases but the top five included Taguig, Manila Caloocan and for the first time, Muntinlupa City lands in fifth. Fourteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top 20 cities with most cases for the day.
Among the top ten provinces, Rizal and Cavite continued to lead. Negros Occidental, however, came in third with 273 cases.