There’s still a backlog to include as unannounced cases and on a supposedly low Wednesday (remember, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are days with lower cases because of the fewer tests done on Sundays and Mondays), it would be prudent to add the backlogs on these days.
The Health Agency announces 7,181 new cases today, with 40,323 tested last October 11 yielding 14.2% positivity. While we are not testing enough (positivity rate is still high but is going down), the downward inflection in cases is reflected in the healthcare utilization both nationally and in the NCR, where ICU utilization rate is at moderate risk.
A total of 173 new deaths were announced, with the country now breaching the 40,000 mark for deaths. Again, this is not actual numbers but the number of deaths accounted for due to COVID-19 as of today.
The NCR saw lower cases today with 1,257 or 17.5% of the day’s total. Northern Luzon still came in with high numbers with Cagayan Valley and CAR in third and fourth, respectively.
Benguet topped today’s list for provinces with most cases, followed by Negros Occidental and Isabela.
Nine of 17 LGUs in NCR are among the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. Five LGUs outside of NCR are in the top ten. They are: Baguio City, Solano (Nueva Vizcaya), Davao City, Zamboanga City, and Antipolo City (Rizal).