With Typhoon Odette slamming most of the provinces in the Visayas, I hope that this will have minimal effect on the COVID-19 cases in the area, particularly among the evacuation centers.
I started off this blog with that news mainly because some people may attribute the increase in cases to the storm. The increase in cases today was due mainly to backlogs (which I said would be included in the subsequent days).
The Health Agency announces 582 new cases based on 33,535 tests done last December 15, with a 1% positivity rate. With more cases than recoveries, the active cases remain above the 10,000 mark. In addition, more than 55% of the active cases are moderate to severely ill.
There are 74 additional deaths today.
The cases today had more than 200 backlogs added, with most of them coming from NCR , CALABARZON and Central Luzon. The NCR owned 30% of the cases today with 174 new cases, followed by CALABARZON and Central Luzon. All other regions registered less than 50 cases, with 6 regions reporting single digit.
The provinces of Cavite, Rizal and Batangas owned the most cases with more than 30 cases apiece.
Nine LGUs in NCR were in the top 10 today as Quezon City, Manila, Caloocan City, Valenzuela, Taguig and Las Piñas reporting double digit cases.
The breakdown in the number of backlog cases reported for the top three regions are as follows: