The Health Agency announces 3165 new cases with 39 added deaths and 12.3% positivity. The NCR owned 39% of the cases for the day.
Quezon City continued to haul the cases in both NCR and the country with 231 cases. This was followed by Manila 174 and Pasig 102. Twelve LGUs in NCR reported double digits: Makati 99, Parañaque 96, Taguig 88, Caloocan 79, Las Piñas 70, Pasay City 60, Valenzuela 56, Mandaluyong 42, Muntinlupa 39, Marikina 32, Malabon 28 and San Juan 15.
Outside of NCR, three provinces had triple digits: Cavite 153, Rizal 126 and Bulacan 116.
Provinces/HUCs with more than 50 but less than 100 cases were: Davao del Sur 93, Laguna 90, Bataan 66, Pampanga 62, Nueva Ecija and Tarlac 50 each, Iloilo 54, Negros Occidental 54, Cebu 66 and Palawan 60.
The province of South Cotabato saw unusually high cases of 42 today.
With the sudden bump up in cases, this can imply: people are not observant of minimum public health standards any longer, the lower first booster is impacting on waning immunity, the face to face classes are creating some spreading events by the mingling of those who are vaccinated with those that are not vaccinated, the complacency of people who have been vaccinated on standard health protocols, and the push of certain government and private individuals on the no masking in public policy.
It is difficult to understand that we need to remove the masking policy because of economy. After all, in a country like ours, where vaccination rates are not within the desirable status, it was the masking policy that kept our numbers lower.
In addition, the discrepancy in deaths versus new cases shows how discombobulate the data is. There should be a direct correlation between cases and deaths. When the data is obfuscated as in the past weeks where the number of deaths and cases are in opposite directions, we know that the number of cases are under reported and the Filipinos are not testing enough.