889 new cases, a positivity rate at 4.5% and the data for 12.29.2021

Two days before 2022 and the Health Agency reports 889 new cases based on test 27,615 tests done with a 4.5% positivity rate last December 27. This means that there is a backlog of around 400 cases which most likely are still being verified or that patients may have been retested but are still testing positive and therefore are not included as a new case (which I think will not comprise the bulk of the unreported cases today).

The active cases are up at past the 10,000 mark as the number of mild and asymptomatic cases make a jump to 47.2%. The ICU bed utilization is also up by 1-2% nationally and in the National Capital Region.

There are 28 additional deaths.

The NCR accounted for almost two-thirds of all the 889 cases seen today. And as these cases remain underreported, NCR most likely would see a large uptick in new COVID-19 cases in the subsequent days. CALABARZON and Central Luzon is seeing a pattern of a slow uptick as well, and as NCR hiccups, so will the surrounding regions.

It is the City of Manila that is driving the troublesome data in the NCR, followed by Quezon City. Many of the LGUs are back in double digit form and all are reporting at least single digit cases. All LGUs in the top ten in the country are from NCR except for Zamboanga City. The lowest number of cases for the day is 20. And that’s a large leap from what used to be low single digit cases.

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