The Philippines breaches the 600 mark with 612 new cases today, 293 (48%) from the National Capital Region. The 7-day positivity rate is up at 3.1% today. No added deaths were reported by the Health Agency.
Eight LGUs in NCR had double digits today. This was led by Quezon City with 71 cases. The others with double numbers were: Makati 41, Parañaque 33, Manila 31, Pasig 29, Taguig 24, Las Piñas 12, and Mandaluyong 10. While the rest had single digits, many had more than 5 cases. Only Navotas and Pateros reported zero covid.
CALABARZON had 78 cases with Cavite 26, Rizal 21, Laguna 20, Batangas 9 and Quezon 2.
Other provinces/HUCs with double digits today were: Bulacan 14, Iloilo 50 (province 20, city 30), Cebu 29 (15 from Cebu City), Negros Occidental 11 (Bacolod City 4), and Baguio City 15.
Others with a bump up in cases were: Cagayan 7, Benguet 7, and Palawan 6.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
The rundown for the week has the Philippines reporting a higher than the previous week cases. As the number of cases now surpass the 500 mark, the 7-day average as of June 18, 2022 was at 391 new cases/day.
While the country may proudly claim to have the lowest cases in the region (aside from China) yet, in terms of both number of daily cases and per capita (per million population), we are the only country whose effective reproduction number is on the rise. While the Rt is only slightly up, all efforts must be exerted at pushing the Rt lower without creating problems with the current economic situation.
There is a need for the citizens to ensure that they heed the government’s reminder of getting fully vaccinated and when needed, get their booster shots. While it is understood that people have their own choices on whether they would want to get vaccinated or not, the pandemic is an over-all scenario where health and economy need to co-exist. Tipping the balance towards one side when resources are scarce is not helpful to the situation.