The cases continued on the downward trend as the Health Agency reports 16,907 new cases today. With more than 27,000 recoveries, the active cases remain a high 165,000.
Close to 75,000 tests were done on September 23, with a positivity rate that has dropped 1% to 23.6% overnight.
At this rate, the Philippines should exceed 2.5M cases anytime next week.
Again there are no deaths reported for the second consecutive day because of problems with CovidKaya system.
NCR continued to enjoy a decent share of numbers with 23% of the total cases in the country today. While CALABARZON remained in steady second place, as its cases gradually decline and is in pace with the gradual decline of NCR, there are regions outside of NCR that are seeing increasing cases.
Central Visayas saw a sudden spike in cases with 2,416. Unusual coming from a previous day of triple digits and may most likely be due to previous backlog reports. Other regions that saw increased cases was CAR and Davao Region, whose numbers follow an actual trend.
On the other hand it was also unusual for the Zamboanga Peninsula to record only 21 cases. This time, most likely due to delayed reporting or under testing in the region.
There were 65 unknowns from a regional category.
On a provincial level, the surge in cases in Central Visayas put the province of Cebu in front to top the provinces with most cases, followed by Benguet province.
The increased cases is reflected in the LGU level. 10 of 17 LGUs in the NCR are among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. Three LGUs in Cebu were in the list today – Cebu City (3rd), Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu City. Three LGUs in Benguet province were also in the top 20 – Baguio City (4th), Itogon, and La Trinidad.