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France hits an all time high with 13,215 new COVID cases and 154 deaths

Meanwhile, the Philippines officially crosses the 280,000 threshold in number of cases.
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 19 2020

[Disclaimer: Whatever is written here is based on information released by the Department of Health at the time of publication. Whatever changes the DoH makes in their data later on…well that’s a different story in itself and as they say in their disclaimer: “the total cases reported may be subject to change as these numbers undergo constant cleaning and validation.”]

The Philippines officially crosses the 280,000 threshold in number of cases.

With 3,962 newly announced cases (3,286 recent from September 6 – 19, 2020), the cases now total 283,460.

Active cases are up at 68,645, of which 3.6 percent or 2,472 cases (up from 2,439 yesterday) are either severe or critically ill. [As to whether how many are hospitalized or are at home is not indicated.]

NCR continues to lead among all the regions in the Philippines with 1,440 total cases (1,199 or 83 percent recent).

Mega Manila accounted for 36 percent of the cases today. In the top five is Bulacan (Central Luzon), and three provinces in CALABARZON – Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.

There were 110 unknowns (individuals with no tagged location) on a regional level.

Summary of the recoveries and fatalities today

  • Recoveries: 1,128 reported today, recovery rate 74 percent (down)
  • Fatalities: 100 reported today, case fatality rate 1.74 percent (up)
  • NCR reported 52 total deaths (52 percent) followed by CALABARZON with 14 and Western Visayas with 10.
  • 66 of the 100 deaths occurred in September (66 percent). The bulk of deaths in April to August were from the National Capital Region as well.
  • 17 cases were previously tagged as recoveries but were removed from the list after further validation.

With 128 testing facilities, the DoH reports 3,130,345 individuals tested as of September 18, 2020. Around 2.84 percent of the total population have been tested for SARS-COV2.


Testing capacity

  • 3,099,868 individuals tested (~ 2.82 percent of total population) as of September 17, 2020
  • September 17, 2020: 3,391 positives from 37,034 individuals tested.
  • Reports from: 106 of 118 testing laboratories (90 percent submission rate)
  • Of the 3,391 positives on September 17, 2020, 58 percent (1,975) were reported from 39 of 45 testing facilities in NCR.
  • Daily positive rate for September 16, 2020 nationally: 9.2 percent (up).
  • For NCR the daily positive rate for September 16, 2020 was 9.2 percent (up) (cumulative positive rate for NCR down at 12.2 percent).
  • Cumulative positive rate for September 16, 2020 nationally: 10.5 percent (unchanged)

The summary

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 279,526 (as of September 18, 2020)
  • Total cases yesterday (September 18, 2020): 3,257 newly reported (2,628 recent or 80.7 percent from September 5-18, 2020)
  • Region with highest number of cases for September 18, 2020: NCR – 997 total (742 recent)
  • Top regions (with more than 100 cases) for September 18, 2020: NCR, Regions IVA, III, VI, and VII.
  • Regions with single digit report: None
  • Repatriates: 12 new cases (Total: 11,391 as of September 18, 2020).
  • Unidentified on a regional level: 354 cases. (Total unknowns [regional]: 5,823)

The unknowns (Cases with NO TAGGED LOCATIONS)

Total unknowns: 632 (19.4 percent up from 15.7 percent the day before).

  • Regional level: 354
  • Provincial level: 114 (108 from CALABARZON, 1 from BARMM, 5 from MIMAROPA)
  • City/Municipality level: 164 (88 from NCR, 20 from Cavite, 14 from Pangasinan, 9 from Zambales, 6 from Camarines Sur and the rest from other provinces in the country)

The known (Top 5 Regions)

  • NCR is on top position with 997 total cases (815 recent or 81.7 percent).
  • Cities with more than 100 cases: Manila and Quezon City
  • Cities with 50 to less than 100 cases: Marikina, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Malabon, Makati, Pasig, and Parañaque.
  • Cities with 10 or more but less than 50 cases: Taguig, Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Pasay, Muntinlupa and Navotas
  • Cities with single digit cases: San Juan
  • Cities with ZERO cases: Pateros
  • Total with no tagged location on a city level: 88 cases

Top four regions outside of NCR on September 18, 2020 were:

  • Cavite (for Region IVA)
  • Bulacan (for Region III)
  • Negros Occidental (for Region VI)
  • Cebu (for Region VII)
  • Region IVA was in second with 625 total cases (494 recent or 79 percent).
  • The province of Cavite recorded 179 cases, with Rizal and Laguna reporting triple digits as well.
  • Bacoor (in Cavite) led on a city/municipality level.
  • CALABARZON reported the most number of cases with no identified province: 108
  • There were 22 individuals with no tagged location on a city/municipality level (20 from Cavite, 2 from Batangas).
  • Central Luzon was third with 362 cases (130 recent or 35.9 percent).
  • The province of Bulacan continued to lead with 282 total cases
  • Marilao, Bocaue, Baliuag, Santa Maria and San Jose del Monte made up the top five.
  • There was one case with no tagged location from a city/municipality level
  • Western Visayas was in fourth with 250 total cases (241 recent or 96.4 percent)
  • Negros Occidental owned 152 of the total cases (61 percent)
  • It was Iloilo City that had the majority of cases on a city/municipality level with 74 cases. Iloilo City owned 88 percent of the 84 total cases in the province of Iloilo.
  • There were 5 case with an untagged location at the city/municipality level.
  • Central Visayas came in fifth with 134 cases (121 recent or 91 percent)
  • The province of Cebu had the most cases – 127 (5 percent of total).
  • The City of Cebu owned 38 of the 127 cases in the province (30 percent).
  • 7-day average of new cases as of September 17, 2020: 3,799 cases/day (lower)
  • 7-day average of new deaths as of September 17, 2020: 103 deaths/day (unchanged)


  • Global case fatality rate: 3.13 percent
  • Global recovery rate: 72.6 percent

The world had more than 300,000 cases for the third consecutive day with a new world record high for new cases of 323,110 for September 18, 2020.

The total global deaths were slightly higher with 5,691 new deaths posted, bringing the 7-day death average to 5,239 deaths/day.

The United States continues to lead with close to 6.9 million cases. The number of cases in the US has eased to around 44,000 cases/day.

India’s story on the other hand is different as it continues to dominate the global numbers with new cases hovering above 90,000/day. With a 7-day moving average of 94,000 cases/day, India will most likely cross the next million mark in more or less 9 days.

Brazil remains in third place but has seen considerable slowing down of the number of new cases and new deaths.

  • India continues to top the list with a new record high for the nation at 92,789 cases.
  • France hits an all time high with 13,215 new cases and ranked 4th. Spain was in ninth with 4,697 cases and the UK landed in 10th with 4.322.
  • India reported the most deaths at 1,221 yesterday.
  • France, the only European country in the top ten for global deaths, was in 7th with 154 reported deaths yesterday.

With many countries in Europe experiencing resurgences (a second wave), the upcoming fall and winter season may possibly contribute to increasing numbers. France and Spain are seeing higher cases this month. The United Kingdom is featured today as it landed in tenth place among the top ten countries that contributed to the pool of global cases overnight.

And the Philippines has plateaued at close to 4,000 cases/day as the economy begins to reopen. We are less than 11,000 cases away from Italy. A country that saw the brunt of the pandemic in the beginning.

Aside from Yemen (CFR=28.9 percent), both Italy (CFR=12.1 percent) and the UK (CFR= 11 percent) hold the highest fatality rate in the world so far.

As other countries in the world approach a change in season, with a pandemic still in full swing, resilience and optimism during this challenging time is needed as the global economies take a huge toll, nine months into the pandemic.