Tuesdays are usually low cases days. That’s because these are tests done on a Sunday. Today was an exception to the rule as the Health Agency announces 5,434 new cases based on 24,855 tests done last January 2, a Sunday, with a skyrocketing 26.2% positivity rate. There are cases that are still being validated, so the unreported cases today will still be reckoned in the days to come. With today’s numbers, the active cases jumps close to 30,000 with 80% of them being mild. Notice, however, the jump in hospital utilization in the NCR to 36% and the ICU to 35% from a previous 25%.
And no, there is no plateauing yet. It so happened that the reported cases yesterday and today were from January 1 and 2 – both holidays.
There are 18 added deaths today.
NCR kept the lead as it continued to account for >70% of the total cases in the country. This time, Quezon City overtakes the City of Manila to lead with 999 cases vs. 786. Notice, however, the pace in the rise of cases in the regions of CALABARZON and Central Luzon.
The provinces of Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, and Laguna report triple digits.
Fifteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR are among the top 20 LGUs with most cases, with 12 of the Mega Manila cities reporting triple digits today. The city of Cainta in Rizal topped the provincial LGUs with 104 cases.