As positivity rate remains high, stuck between 3-5K and the data for 02.12.2022

The Health Agency announces 3792 new cases today based on 32,067 tests with a positivity rate of 14.3% on February 10. This brings down the active cases to a little over 84K as there are more than 10K recoveries today. Notice, however, that the cases buzz around the 3-5K mark due to the high positivity rate. Theoretically, if the positivity rate remains more than 10% and we average 30K tests daily, then the daily new cases will always be above 3K. The only way we will see triple digits is if the positivity rate drops to <5%.

Of the 3792 cases today, 96% occurred in the last two week, with NCR, Western Visayas and Davao Region leading the haul.

There are 76 deaths announced today – 66% occurring in February (50), 7% last January (5) and the remaining were from April to December last 2021.

The NCR led with 562 (15%) of the total cases today. This was followed by Western Visayas 408, CALABARZON 337, Davao Region 335, and Central Visayas 328. Other regions reporting more than 100 but less than 300 cases were: CAR (250), Cagayan Valley (214), Central Luzon (286), Ilocos Region (150), Zamboanga Peninsula (153), Northern Mindanao (176) and SOCCSKARGEN (194). Only BARMM, CARAGA, MIMAROPA, Bicol and Eastern Visayas reported double digits.

In the NCR, only Quezon City reported triple digits today with 123 cases followed by the City of Manila with 82. All other LGUs in NCR had double or single digits but less than 50 cases. Those with single digit cases were: Malabon (4), Navotas (2), San Juan (5), and Pateros (2).

Outside of NCR, Davao City took the lead among HUCs (highly urbanized cities) with 114 cases today. This was followed by Cebu City with 92 and Zamboanga City with 87.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I hope the public understands that it single day celebration in crowded indoor dining isn’t worth the risk of getting infected with COVID19. It is a fair reminder that while vaccines work at preventing severe disease, they do not work as well at preventing infections particularly for Omicron. Let’s make it austere, safe, yet meaningful.

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