It’s been awhile since we tread less than 20,000.
The Health Agency announces 17,677 new cases based on a little more than 43,000 tests with a positivity rate of 37.2% last January 23. With more than 33,000 recoveries, the active cases drop to less than 250,000 with more than 98% of them being mild of asymptomatic.
Healthcare utilization is still at moderate risk but in the NCR, the ICU rate and ward beds are much lower than the previous week.
The national data is being pushed down by the drop in cases in NCR plus (CALABARZON and Central Luzon) and remains volatile as the regions outside of these areas continue to see rising numbers. Testing with RT-PCR may likely be more delayed because there are less testing facilities outside of Mega Manila.
There are 79 added deaths today.
CALABARZON reported 2770 new cases today, eking out NCR from the lead, as Mega Manila had 2751 cases. No LGU in NCR reported 4 digit numbers today, which was led by Quezon City with 648 cases followed by Manila 312, Makati 289, and Parañaque with 224. Pateros reported only 5 new cases!
Outside of CALABARZON and NCR, Central Luzon had 2297 cases. Three other regions reported 4 digits: Western Visayas 1350, Central Visayas 1318 and Davao Region 1112. All other regions reported triple digits with MIMAROPA reporting the least at 171 cases.
There were 107 ROFs who were included in todays numbers.