While the world continues to average more than 3M daily cases, the Philippine numbers continue to plateau between 16,000-19,000 cases with the Health Agency announcing 17,382 new cases today from 56447 tests done and a positivity rate of 33.3% (or exactly 1 in every 3 being tested as testing positive).
Remember, these are still high case numbers considering that majority of them are coming from the provinces. A word of advice, if you are in NCR, avoid traveling to the provinces for now as testing in the provinces is extremely low (very high positivity rate in provincial areas due to lack of testing laboratories and many people do not even test because the symptoms are mostly mild).
Active cases are lower at 213,587 with close to 98% of them being mild or asymptomatic.
Health care utilization is at less than 50% in both the NCR and nationally.
There are 70 additional deaths today.
NCR grabs top spot and an increase in the total shares for the day with 3625 cases (20% of national total). Several LGUs had spike in cases with Quezon City leading with 688. City of Manila had 479, Parañaque 371, Makati with 328, Pasig 255, Las Piñas 247, Taguig 243, and Pasay City 218. All other LGUs in NCR report less than 200 cases, while Pateros is the lone LGU with single digit – 6 cases.
Outside of NCR, CALABARZON came in second with 2265 followed by Central Luzon with 1455 cases. Central Visayas had 1392, Davao Region 1362 (with Davao City recording 793 of the cases and the highest among all LGUs in the country for the day), and Ilocos Region with 1293. Other provinces saw less than 1000 cases but many continue to record more than 500 cases in spite of the very low testing and the high positivity rate (>50%) in these regions. This emphasizes that many individuals, especially in the provinces, are not testing anymore. It would be prudent if those from NCR avoided going to the provinces for awhile.