263 new cases and 45 deaths and the data for 12.20.2021

The holiday week and the malls are packed. The traffic is horrible. And as we revel in the season – please make sure that you still follow minimum health standards. If you’re not vaccinated, you are encouraged to be part of the herd.

The Health Agency announces its third Omicron variant case in an unvaccinated OFW traveling from Egypt via Qatar.

Today, there are 263 new cases from 28,438 tests done last December 18 with a 0.8% positivity rate. There are 17 laboratories with no submitted data amounting to 7.8% of the tested samples and 4.1% of positive individuals. The active cases are around 9500 with 58% of them classified as moderate to critical.

An additional 45 deaths are announced today.

While the NCR accounted for majority of the cases again, but it was the ROF (returning overseas Filipinos) that came in second with 57 cases! But wait, there’s more! Those 57 cases of the ROFs should actually be only 2. Fifty five of the 57 cases were ALL in July 2020. A backlog of almost 1 1/2 years, reported today. In short, had the data been real-time, there would be only 208 cases for today. More regions are now reporting single digits (which is good news).

Even on a provincial level, only three provinces report double digits, led by Zamboanga del Sur, Cavite and Rizal. The fewest cases among the top ten provinces had only 4 cases reported.

Among LGUs, the City of Manila has been in the lead the past few days and continued that lead among all LGUs in the country with 18 cases. All other LGUs report single digits – including Quezon City. Malabon, San Juan and Pateros continue to report zero (0) cases.

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