We will take the slow decline any day of the week.
The Health Agency reports 18,937 new cases today and with more than 20,000 recoveries, the total active cases have gone down a tad.
Of the 72,770 tests done September 18, the positivity rate is still an astounding 26.3%. Which means that the decreasing cases may still go south. We are not testing enough. And we all know that contact tracing will never happen if we do not test.
A total of 146 new deaths were reported. The case fatality ratio for outcomes is at 1.68%.
Hospital utilization is still more than 70%, while ICU utilization rate is up at 77% (79% in the NCR).
It was decent numbers in the NCR as it recorded 4,952 or 26.1% of the total cases in the country today. Three other regions reported four digits. They were: CALABARZON, Central Luzon, and Cagayan Valley. As in the previous days, all other regions reported triple digits.
The provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Batangas – all from Region IVA – are among the top five provinces with most cases in the nation today.
In spite of the lower cases for NCR, 14 of 17 LGUs make it to the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases for the day. Three LGUs in CALABARZON were in the list as well.