The past 7 days, the NCR accounted for 15-17% of the total daily cases in the Philippines. That’s a large decline from what began as a 70-75% share of the national cases.
As the NCR (plus) see declining cases, the national cases ease a bit as well, since majority of tests and cases are from the NCR plus.
Today, the Health Agency announces 18,191 new cases based on more than 61,000 tests done with a positivity rate of 35.2% last January 25. As more recoveries are noted, the active cases are down to 226,521 with close to 98% being asymptomatic or mild.
Health care utilization in the NCR is at low risk, while it is at very low moderate risk nationally.
There are 74 deaths added today.
The good news is that the cases in NCR continue to decline with 2270 (12.5%) today. Quezon City led with 467 cases, but only 3 other LGUs in Mega Manila had more than 200 cases: City of Manila 255, Parañaque 225, and Makati 212. The rest has either less than that while several LGUs report double digit numbers.
Outside of NCR, even CALABARZON and Central Luzon are seeing a quick decline in cases, with Region IVA reporting 2162 and Region III 1477 cases today.
Elsewhere in the Philippines, the regions with four digit cases are now led by Davao Region 2022 (1054 in Davao City alone), Western Visayas 1634, Central Visayas 1541 (455 in Cebu City), CAR 1095, and Ilocos Region with 1136 cases. The data shows that the positivity rate is still high, not because of the NCR, but because there is lack of testing laboratories outside of the NCR plus and the fact that many of the presentation of the patients are mild (or even asymptomatic), there are quite a chunk that are most likely not being tested in the provinces.