The world in review and the data for 11.20.2022

The Health Agency announces 1063 new cases with 18 added deaths and a positivity rate of 10.2% today. While NCR owned 24% of the cases for the day (255), it was the provinces that owned majority of the cases.

Cebu led with 80 followed by Cavite 44, Benguet 43, Rizal 42, Iloilo 37 and Laguna 35.

In NCR, Quezon City had 47 cases followed by 34 in Manila. Ten other LGUs reported low double digits. Taguig 23, Pasig 21, Mandaluyong 18, Las Piñas 16, Caloocan 15; Parañaque, Pasay City and Muntinlupa 14 each; Makati 12, and Marikina 10. Only Pateros had zero COVID cases in NCR.

THE GLOBAL DATA AS OF 13 NOVEMBER 2022 (NOV 13, ED 118, PUBLICATION WHO)

This week saw a bump up in cases after a few consecutive weeks of decline.

Globally, the new weekly cases are up 2% for the week of November 7-13, compared to the previous week as >2.3M cases were reported. The real number is higher due to a decline in global testing. On the flip side is that the weekly deaths continued to decrease and is down by 30% compared to the previous week. This is the lowest report on mortality since the start of the pandemic.

On a regional level, newly reported weekly cases continued to increase in three WHO regions – Western Pacific Region (+18%), South East Asia Region (+15%) and Region of the Americas (+12%). The number of deaths continued to decline in the world except for the Western Pacific Region (+14%) and the Eastern Mediterranean Region (+7%). [Note in the graph the pink bar which represents the Western Pacific Region, where the Philippine belongs that there is an increase in cases.]

At the country level, the highest number of new weekly cases came from two countries that recently opened its borders to tourism: Japan had more than half a million cases this week – up by 25% and South Korea that had more than 330,000 cases, up by 19%). Only one other country saw increase in cases – USA (+6%). Rounding up the top five were Germany (-25%) and China (-22%).

Highest number of weekly deaths were from the US (-6%), Japan (+41%), Russia (-10%), China (-24%) and France (-10%).

The WHO says that “current trends in reported COVID-19 cases should be interpreted with caution as several countries have been progressively changing COVID-19 testing strategies, resulting in lower overall numbers of tests performed and consequently lower numbers of cases detected. COVID-19 prevalence surveys conducted in a number of countries have found that the number of reported COVID-19 cases is an underestimate of the actual number of cases in the population. Additionally, data from previous weeks are continuously updated to retrospective incorporate changes in reported COVID-19 cases and deaths made by countries.

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