One case of monkeypox and 4127 new COVID-19 cases for 07.29.2022

The Health Agency announces ONE case of monkeypox in the Philippines from a 31 year old Filipino with history of travel to other countries that have reported cases of this viral infection. Based on the World Health Organization situation update, as of June 22, 2022, there were 50 member countries across the five WHO regions with 3413 laboratory confirmed monkeypox infections. The country joined other nations by contributing to the pool of monkeypox cases in the world. The Philippines falls under the Western Pacific Region. Three countries in this region have reported monkeypox: Australia, Singapore and South Korea.

Today, the Health Agency announces 4127 new cases, 14 deaths and 15.8% positivity. The NCR owned 33% (1380) of these cases as the numbers in the provinces continue to escalate as well.

In the NCR, Quezon City led all LGUs with 320 new cases today. Other triple digit haulers were: Manila 155, Makati 127, Pasig 116, Parañaque 111, and Taguig 104. Those with doublet digits were: Mandaluyong 87, Muntinlupa 83, Las Piñas 75, Caloocan 48, Pasay City 46, Marikina 42, Valenzuela 23 and San Juan 20.

The provinces with triple digits today were: Cavite 327, Laguna 292, Rizal 178, Batangas 133, Bulacan 109, Pampanga 154, Iloilo 159, Cebu 195, and Pangasinan 105. Provinces and HUCs with double digits included: Quezon Province 72, Bataan 65, Nueva Ecija 64, Tarlac 39, Zambales 27, Negros Occidental 46, Aklan 15, Cadiz 26, Antique 10, Zamboanga del Sur 29, Zamboanga del Norte 10, Azusa del Sur 12, Mindoro Oriental 17, Palawan 12 (all from Puerto Princesa), Negros Oriental 18, Bohol 34, Cagayan Province 61, Isabela 24, Nueva Vizcaya 11, Davao del Sur 79, Ilocos Norte 10, Ilocos Sur 14, Baguio City 63, Benguet 12, Mountain Province 35, Bukidnon 21, Cagayan de Oro City 19, Misamis Oriental 15, South Cotabato 10, Camarines Sur 16, Albay 31, Sorsogon 12 and Naga City 14.

Positivity rate is an important parameter, especially when this is provided in the context of the positivity rate in each locality. Professor Guido David does the breakdown of the positivity rates in these areas in the country. Notice that while NCR’s positivity rate is almost flat, the other provinces outside of Mega Manila are seeing a significant rise in positivity rate. When the rates approach or exceed 50%, the data are unreliable already as it reflects poor visibility of the actual COVID-19 situation in the area.

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