It’s two days before Christmas and the situation doesn’t look good for a festive occasion.
Many have departed for various holiday destinations. Others are leaving for a hometown reunion. And as the virus continues to evolve on its own, a world that is tired of all these health protocol mandates and quarantine and isolation requirements and whose economies have fallen face first on the ground is teetering on thin ice with Omicron on top of Delta.
Yesterday saw many countries with soaring numbers. The top five countries were: USA, UK, France, Spain and Germany. The US led in highest number of new deaths for a single day. Russia came in second with most deaths.
The Health Agency announces 288 new cases and with more cases than recoveries, the total recovered stay above 9,000. The new cases stem from more than 32,000 tests done last December 21 with a 1.1% positivity rate. Again, there were 13 laboratories that did not submit test results (2 not operation and 11 unable to submit data) and accounts for 9.1% of the total samples or 4% of the positive cases for the day.
An additional 65 people were announced to have died from COVID-19 (many of which are backlog reports).
The NCR accounted for the largest share today with almost 1/3 of the cases coming from this region and 4 cities – Las Piñas, San Juan, Quezon City and the City of Manila – contributing to the bulk of the data for Mega Manila.
Five provinces reported double digit cases (while less than 20), led by Iloilo and Negros Occidental.
Five LGUs all over the country report double digits today. The fewest cases in the top 10 LGUs was up at 6.