While the PH continued to report in the 6000+ range, the Health Agency reports an increase in both cases and deaths for the day. The DoH announces 6,831 new cases based on 13% positivity rate for May 20 data with close to 50,000 tests run. Notice, however, that while there is a slight uptick in ICU beds utilization for the country at 60%, there is a spike in the ICU bed occupancy for the NCR – from 56% to 61% (an overnight jump of 5%). Based on the condition of the cases at the time of swabbing/testing, almost 5% of the 54,526 active cases are moderate, severe or critical. The Health Agency does not track the clinical course of patients, hence, the data on clinical condition of the active cases are their clinical status at the time of the report. Some (or many) may have deteriorated (as a patient who may have been diagnosed to be asymptomatic at the time of swabbing may have progressed to critical state in a few days).
There were 183 new deaths today, bringing the 7-day average deaths to 115/day. The case fatality ratio for outcomes steady at 1.77%.
NCR continued to lead in cases again today, it accounted for 20.6% of the cases. CALABARZON and Central Luzon reported four digits as well. The three regions were responsible for 54.4% of the total cases in the country today. Except for BARMM, all regions continued to report triple digits.
In NCR, Quezon City reported 313 new cases, with Pasig, Manila and Caloocan rounding up the triple digit contributors. Eleven of 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top 20 cities with most cases for the day. Cities outside of NCR that were among the top ten included: Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, and General Santos City.
On a provincial level, Cavite and Laguna were the only cities that continued to rake in more than 300 cases.
Yesterday, four Asian countries were among the top twenty countries with most reported cases for the day (based on https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/). These were: Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. They ranked between 13th to 16th spot for May 21, 2021. Other countries in Asia are seeing increasing cases also as has been reported by various news agencies. These include: Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.