With a little more than 6.6K, and 11.9% positivity on 06.17.2021

For the past weeks, the Philippines has averaged 6500 new daily cases. This 7-day moving average includes the low Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the high Fridays to Sundays. That’s because the report is based on tests done 2 days behind.

Today, the Health Agency announces 6,637 new cases as the active cases still hover around the 60K average. Todays cases are based on close to 45,000 tests done on 06.15.2021 with an 11.9% positivity rate. The positivity rate is being dragged up with the higher cases in the various regions outside of NCR, where testing sites are fewer and where it takes more than 7 days to release results because of the surge in cases. The health agency should allow the use of rapid antigen tests, particularly in symptomatic patients in these areas current experiencing insurmountable outbreaks so that they are able to complement the lack of testing in order to properly trace, isolate and quarantine early and appropriately.

With 155 new deaths today, the case fatality ratio for outcomes is now up at 1.82%.

After more than week trailing behind CALABARZON, NCR is back on top as the region with most cases with close to 1,000 or 16% (that sudden jump) new cases for the day. Western Visayas took the second rank, with Central Luzon and Davao Region overtaking CALABARZON, which landed in fifth. These five regions raked in more than 700 new cases each and accounted for 63% or almost 2/3 of the cases in the country today.

In NCR, Quezon City and Caloocan City reported triple digits for the day with 8 of 17 LGUs in NCR back in the top twenty cities with most cases.

On a provincial level, it was Davao del Sur that led the pack, by a mile with 504 new cases and Davao City accounting for 482 of these cases – 96% in the province or 67% in the region. Negros Occidental and Iloilo province jumped into the top ten at second and third rank today.

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