With high positivity in spite of more tests conducted, it was eventually going to come down to this.
The country records a record high of close to 20,000 new cases today. In spite of the more than 19,000 recoveries, the 19,441 new cases is a testament to a variant out of control and an outbreak that is surging and will last for quite sometime, as businesses become unsettled with lockdown extension to September 7.
The highest number of tests ever done was August 26 with close to 72,000 tests yielding a positivity rate of 27.5%! This positivity rate is also a record high. Hypothetically if we did 100,000 tests daily, this would likely bring down the positivity rate to 24%. Meaning more than 24,000 would test positive. To bring down the positivity rate to at least 10%, we most likely would need to test 230,000-250,000 per day, a feat that would be impossible at this point.
Additional 167 deaths reported, brings us to deaths passing the 33,000 mark. The case fatality ratio for outcomes is at 1.84%.
Today’s record breaking total also broke records in regions, provinces and LGUs.
While NCR was steady with 26% of the total cases, that amounted to more than 5,000 cases more to Mega Manila. Today, however, FIVE regions now report quadruple digits, with Ilocos Region overtaking Central Visayas in the count. More than 63% of the cases are from NCR plus bubble.
The rise in cases is also being seen on a provincial scale, with Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan reporting more than 1,000 cases apiece.
On the LGU level, 11 of 17 LGUs in NCR were in the top twenty cities with most cases. Four cities in Cavite and two in Laguna joined the top 20. Davao City is seeing an increase in cases as it continued to debut in the top five list.