With 17 new Delta variant cases and the return of the unknowns on 07.24.2021

Suddenly, the total Delta Variant cases are up at 64 with 17 new additional cases announced by the Health Agency today.

The breakdown of the 17 are: 12 local, 1 OFW and 4 for verification.

Of the 12 local cases: 9 listed addresses in Mega Manila while 3 are from CALABARZON. Most disappointing is the fact that the habit of reporting UNKNOWNS by the DoH is back. And not just as single digits, but as the top number of cases that have no locality. Which is highly unacceptable. You cannot contact trace what you cannot find. Besides, it is basic that the address of the person tested needs to be written down in the information sheet that is filled up prior to testing. The Health Agency is obligated to provide an explanation for these unknowns because it is bad data collection and sloppy data reporting.

There are 6,216 new cases reported for those tested last July 22 with 13% positivity rate. The number of tests done actually has declined over the past week, sending the positivity rate up. Active cases are back up to more than 50,000.

And the ‘technical glitch’ yesterday of ZERO deaths, comes back today with 241 new deaths reported. This pushes the total deaths past 27,000 and the case fatality ratio for outcomes stays at 1.82%.

And while NCR continued to lead among regions, it had less than 1,000 cases. All top five regions, including Central Visayas, CALABARZON, Central Luzon and Western Visayas had more than 600 cases apiece.

Cebu province led among all provinces with 625 new cases. Sadly, FOUR cities in the province made it to the top 20 cities with Cebu City, Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue and newcomer Talisay City in the list. The province of Cebu had cases almost equivalent to the total cases of all the provinces in ranks 2-4.

On a LGU level, Davao City continued to lead among all LGUs in the country. One second municipality, Odiongan in Romblon was among the top 20. And 7 of 17 LGUs in NCR were in the top 20 as well.

As the Delta Variant of concern spins out of control worldwide, the US is back in the lead among all countries with most new cases. In the top twenty countries in the world with most cases for the day July 23, 2021, were ASEAN nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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