East Asia rundown and the data for 05.29.2022

The Health Agency announces 200 new cases today with zero added deaths. While NCR owned 82 of these, it was Muntinlupa that saw a steep increase in cases with 10 for the day. Other LGUs with double digits in Mega Manila were: Makati 12, Manila 11, Quezon City 10. Two LGUs had zero covid – Pateros and Malabon.

Outside of NCR, two provinces had double digits. They were: Cavite 13 and Tarlac 12.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

With the effective Rt up at 1.2 (+/-0.05) for the Philippines the 7-day average of cases tips almost 200 new daily cases. While this bump is a very small wave, it is important to note that 33-50% of the daily announced cases are from the epicenter – Mega Manila. The Rt in NCR alone stood at 1.25. It is also important to remember that the data announced by the Health Agency daily is based only on RT-PCR results.

Over-all, the cases in East Asia are on a decline, including Taiwan. Only Taiwan, Japan and South Korea continue to report more five digit numbers. Indonesia, Brunei, Hong Kong and the Philippines are seeing low triple digit numbers.

On a per capita basis (cases per million population), it is Indonesia that continued to have < 1 case/M. Both Taiwan and Singapore, which are seeing declining numbers continue to have four digits per million population.

The reproduction rate (Rt) is declining in many East Asian nations with the Philippines and Brunei seeing a rise > 1.0.

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