It’s been awhile that we’ve touched the 3K cases except for freaky Sunday when there was a system glitch. So from the close to 5K cases yesterday, the Health Agency reported 3,972 new cases today based on 13.1% positivity from tests done last May 23. Please remember that the positivity rate remains high (and therefore we are not testing enough as we plateau at this positivity rate). Total active cases are less than 50,000 (which is still a considerably large number although it looks nice using percentage at 4.1%).
In spite of the lower new deaths at 36 today, the total number of deaths has surpassed the 20K mark. Many analysts feel that globally, the total deaths are 2-3x higher than what is actually reported. The case fatality ratio for outcomes remains steady at 1.76%.
ICU utilization in both the NCR and nationally are slightly down today, which is a good sign for healthcare utilization. However, this general rule does not hold true for other smaller cities and municipalities that may be seeing heavier HCU than more urbanized areas.
While the national numbers are lower, the other good news is the significant decline seen in NCR for the day. The sad part is that CALABARZON continued to lead in number of cases by region for the day. Notice that the number of cases in the other regions outside of NCR plus bubble are significantly increasing with Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, SOCCSKSARGEN and Davao Region taking the leap in the number of cases.
NCR saw 525 new cases with Quezon City accounting for close to 1/3 of all the cases in Mega Manila. All other LGUs in the national capital saw double digits and only 6 of the 17 cities in NCR were among the top twenty cities with most cases for the day.
On a provincial level Zamboanga del Sur and Palawan were among the top three for the day. The provincial data is highly reflective of the data on a city level where cities in these provinces are seeing dramatically increasing cases.