The year isn’t really starting on the right footing. With cases rising exponentially, the Health Agency announces 10,775 new cases based on 44,643 tested with an astounding 31.7% positivity. This trajectory of positivity and new cases are mostly concentrated in the National Capital Region for now. The active cases now are almost 40,000 with 85% of these being mildly ill. It will be awhile before we see any plateauing as the positivity rate is rising by >5% daily.
There are 58 added deaths today.
Hospital utilization is markedly up at 45% while ICU utilization also is up at 37% in the National Capital Region. A few more days with this exponential rise and we would be eventually filling up the healthcare capacity.
NCR accounted for almost 70% of the total cases (again) today with 7,479 of the 10,775 new cases today. CALABARZON is up at 4 digits as well and Central Luzon and Western Visayas have triple digits. Quezon City grabs a hefty lead with 1,781 cases and the City of Manila in second with 1,407.
Six provinces report triple digits today, led by Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan and Laguna.
Fifteen of the 17 LGUs in NCR are in the top 20, with 2 reporting double digits and 14 reporting triple digits. The disproportionate upward trajectory of cases has caused concern among Filipinos who are panicking over the rapid exponential rise in cases.