While we focus on our own outbreak in this second surge, we take a break and look at our neighbors and see how they’re struggling in the pandemic. With a shared border, and culture, Nepal was most likely to be the next India. The striking difference is that Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world. The country of more than 30 million people are banking on a healthcare system that has only 0.7 doctors for every 100,000 people and has 1,595 intensive care units (and 480 ventilators) for the whole nation. On a per capita basis, Nepal is seeing the same trend as its next door neighbor India.
Back home, the Health Agency announces 6,637 new cases today pushing the total cases now past 1.08 million. With more than 6000 new recoveries, the active cases remains steady at 5.8%. The positivity rate is also stable at 14.7% as of May 4 data.
New deaths were at 191 today. The case fatality ratio for outcomes is up at 1.77%.
Back home, the granular data showed NCR doing better (albeit still in the lead) with a little more than 2000 new cases. CALABARZON remains in second with 1,484 new cases. However, it is Western Visayas that has had more cases than the previous days with 488 reported.
Twelve of 17 LGUs in the NCR landed in the top twenty cities with most cases. With the rise in cases in Western Visayas, it was Bacolod that landed in 6th place overall among the top twenty cities.