As NCR continued to decline in new cases, which region owns the bulk of the 5,414 new cases on 06.16.2021?

The Health Agency announced more than 5,000 new cases today (as it is a Wednesday) for tests done on June 14, 2021 in slightly more than 36,000 individuals resulting in 13.7% positivity rate. Many of the reported cases from the provinces, which have less PCR facilities are submitting delayed reports. Some of the tests done in May were reported only in June. This means that we will expect more cases in the subsequent weeks. It is also disturbing why the government refuses to utilize antigen swab testing in areas where the outbreak and the positivity rate is exceedingly high. A delay in releasing results for PCR tests make tracing and isolation/quarantine difficult and allows the disease to continue to spread.

With 158 new deaths today, the case fatality ratio for outcomes is steady at 1.81 percent as the total deaths now exceed the 23,000 mark. And rising.

CALABARZON led with most cases on a regional level. Except for BARMM, all regions continued to report triple digit cases.

Among LGUs in NCR, Quezon City continued to lead with 110 cases, one of their lowest numbers to date. Two LGUs reported single digits – Malabon and Navotas. Pateros had zero cases. Five of the 17 LGUs in NCR were among the top 20 cities with most cases for the day.

On a provincial level, it was Laguna that led for the day. Majority of the provinces in the top ten were from the Mindanao region. But this may not be a true reflection of the cases in the country, as many provinces do not have adequate testing facilities and results may take days or weeks to get accounted for.

The top 5 cities with most cases were dominated by cities outside NCR. Only Quezon City was included and landed in third rank. Number one continued to be Davao City and Baguio City came in second.

The OCTA Research Monitoring update for June 16, 2021, shows that new cases in the NCR continue to decline with an average of 829 daily cases over the week June 9-15 (13% drop from the previous week). The ADAR was lowest in Navotas and highest in Pateros. Health care utilization rate is also lowest in Navotas and highest in Pateros, while the intensive care unit use was at >70% in the cities of San Juan, Las Piñas, and Parañaque. The over-all positivity rate is at 8%, much lower than the national positivity rate of >13%.

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