It’s been almost three years since the first SARS-CoV-2 case was reported out of China.
While the pandemic had put the world at an economic and medical crisis, things have petered out slowly. However, with evolving variants and sub variants, we are not out of the woods yet. In the first year of the pandemic, the spread of the original Wuhan variant had far reaching effects. The second year was chaotic as original variant had mutated to produce the alpha, beta, gamma, and delta variants of concern. It closed 2021 with South Africa announcing the variant Omicron. The year 2022 would be a sub variant year as Omicron had produced children and grand children from the progeny. The good news is that the offsprings of Omicron would produce mild symptoms in majority of the people and that vaccines remained protective at making the disease severe. The bad news is that with the new sub variants, treatment with monoclonal antibodies have become more challenging as immune escape became the hall mark of the grandchildren of Omicron.
As of October 23, 2022, the World Health Organization announces the continued decline in cases globally. The number of cases had decreased by 15% during the week of October 17-23, 2022 (vs. the previous week). New weekly deaths also declined by 13% (vs. the previous week) with more than 8500 deaths. As of October 23, more than 624 million confirmed cases of COVID have been recorded (with some of them as repeat cases)). Of these cases, >1% have died.
On a regional levels, there is an overall decline in cases except for the Region of the Americas (+2%) and Eastern Mediterranean Region (+9%).
At the country level, highest new weekly cases were from Germany, France, China, USA and Italy. Highest numbers of new weekly deaths came from the USA, Russian Federation, Italy, France and China.
The World Health continued to warn against taking the data at face value. Instead, cases and deaths should be interpreted with caution as several countries have been changing strategies at testing, resulting in lower overall numbers of tests done and reported.
Meanwhile, the Health Agency announces 1370 new cases with 12.3% positivity and 38 added deaths today. The NCR owned 329 of these cases.
In NCR, Quezon City led the haul with 90 cases. All other LGUs had less than 50 cases: Manila 40, Las Piñas 26, Makati and Taguig 22 each, Pasay City 21, Parañaque 16, Navotas 15, Mandaluyong and Valenzuela 12 each, Pasig, Caloocan, Muntinlupa, and Marikina with 11 each.
In the provinces, the following provinces had more than 50 but less than 100 cases: Davao del Sur 82, Laguna 78, Iloilo 76, Cebu 72 and Cavite 69.
Provinces that saw slightly higher numbers today were: Pangasinan 30, Baguio 30 and Camarines Sur 22.
With the long weekend, the PH should continue to see lower cases the next few days and revert to regular trends on Thursday, November 3.