Passed the 1.5M mark for reported COVID-19 cases on 07.17.2021

With 6,040 new cases, the Philippines officially passes the 1.5M mark for reported COVID-19 cases. Today’s data is based on more than 52,000 tests done with 10.7% positivity rate for July 15. Note that these are only the reported cases where RT-PCR testing is performed, hence documented.

The active cases remain high at more than 47,000.

Total deaths reported today is 122, placing the case fatality ratio for outcomes steady at 1.83%.

While we may be performing a tad better than many of our Asian neighbors, we need to make sure that we keep the numbers really lower. Vaccine roll out is not fast and broad enough. In addition, heavily congested cities are more than eager to allow economic revival roll sooner than later. Finally, the presence of the Delta variant in the ASEAN region and in the country is threatening to disrupt both the healthcare system and the economy (again) if we become too complacent.

Western Visayas is back on top with 900 new cases today, followed by CALABARZON and NCR.

In a provincial level, it is Davao del Sur that ranked first with two provinces in Western Visayas rounding up the second and third spots – Iloilo Province and Negros Occidental.

It is no surprise that Davao City came on top among LGUs with 314 new cases. In the top five LGUs with most cases for the day were: Bacolod City, Quezon City, Iloilo City and Laoag City. Nine capital cities in the country were among the top twenty cities with most cases. Six of 17 LGUs in NCR were in the top twenty as well.

In Mega Manila, both Quezon City and Manila reported triple digits for the day.

OCTA MONITORING REPORT

From the latest update of the OCTA Research, for the week of July 10-16, below are the top twenty LGUs with the highest cases. Mariveles, Bataan is classified very high risk over-all. Davao City, Iloilo City, General Santos, Baguio City, Lapu Lapu City, Santa Rosa (Laguna), and Tagum are high risk LGUs.

Based on the 4 indicators of infection, incidence, ICU utilization rate and testing, Mariveles, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu City have the highest Rt. The ADAR or incidence rate is highest also in Mariveles, while ICUUR is highest in Iloilo City, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro and Tagum.

Positivity rate from testing is extremely high in General Santos (28%), Baguio City (23%), and Bacolod (21%). Testing in these areas in insufficient and means that 1 out of every 4 to 5 people tested in this locality will most likely test positive.

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