261 new cases and 122 deaths and the data for 12.22.2021

Three days before Christmas and the holiday rush is as real as it gets.

The traffic is heavy and malls and restaurants are full. The exodus from NCR will most likely be palpable tomorrow, but since the 24th and 31st are working days, people will really need to use their unused leaves for this purpose.

It is, after all, the holiday season and while the data show that the Philippines is able to keep the numbers low, we can all continue to make sure that these numbers remain low in spite of the urge to “celebrate” unabashedly the holidays.

With that reminder, the Health Agency announces 261 new cases based on close to 30,000 tests with a positivity rate of 0.9% last December 20. The active cases remain above 9,000 as the moderate to critical cases now make up more than 60% of the actives.

There are 122 additional deaths today.

NCR recorded 31% of the cases today with 80 new cases, led by the City of Manila with 17 and Quezon City with 16. The data may not be a clear reflection on the actual cases in the country as several laboratories in the Visayas area affected by Typhoon Odette are not reporting tests (and the community may not be testing as well).

Zamboanga del Sur, Pangasinan, and Rizal provinces report double digits while the rest in the top 10 are single digit cases.

Fewest number of cases for an LGU to be in the top 10 LGUs for the day is 4.

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