East Asia in review and the data for 10.16.2022

The Health Agency announces 2321 new cases with 14.9% positivity and 33 added deaths today. NCR owned 889 of these cases.

Quezon City logged in 208 cases with Manila in second with 121. Thirteen other LGUs reported double digits: Makati 69, Las Piñas 67, Parañaque 60, Taguig 57, Pasig 54, Caloocan 42, Mandaluyong 39, Valenzuela and Muntinlupa 35 each, Marikina 25, San Juan 12 and Malabon 10.

Three provinces outside NCR reported triple digits: Cavite 173, Davao del Sur 124 (with Davao City reporting 53) and Bulacan 120. Those with more than 50 but less than 100 cases were: Laguna 94, Rizal 84, Batangas 65, Pampanga 57, Iloilo 73, and Cebu 52.

Two provinces in Mindanao saw higher cases today – Agusan del Sur 24 and Surigao del Sur 16.

THE WEEK IN REVIEW

The cases in East Asia continue to decline with Taiwan maintaining an average of 45,000 daily cases. Japan and South Korea are seeing significant drop in number of cases with the change in the way reporting is done in these countries. Singapore, however, is seeing a doubling in the number of cases apparently stemming from the Omicron sub variant XBB.

On a per capita basis (cases per million population), Taiwan and Singapore lead with quadruple digits. Note, however, that many of the cases are under reported due to reduced surveillance (no more contact tracing), and low rates of testing (using lateral flow assays instead of PCR). Protocols need to be reviewed and there should be more studies aimed at looking at the infectious disease period because the challenge with getting COVID19 now, is not how severe it can get (because of the availability of vaccines and treatment), but on how long should patients stay in isolation.

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