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The week reports fewer testing backlogs, lesser new cases, lesser deaths in PH

After plateauing at more than 3,000-4,000 cases daily in the past 100 days, the week that was saw a slight reprieve in our battle.
BENJAMIN CO, MDA | Sep 27 2020

Disclosure: All data provided are from the Department of Health’s various information sites including their data drop. Where appropriate, other graphs, illustrations, tables and data are appropriately referenced.


September 27, 2020 (updated)

The Philippines officially passed the 300,000 threshold

  • 2,995 newly reported cases today brings our total to 304,226. There were 25 cases removed from the total case count.
  • 36 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region.
  • Of the 1,065 cases reported today from NCR, 956 (90 percent) are recent (from September 14-27).
  • Recovery haul day today leaves 46,372 active cases. However, the disposition of severe and critical are at 5.3 percent (2,458 cases)
  • Of the 2,995 cases, 90 percent or 2,694 are recent (September 14-27, 2020)
  • Top 5 regions for total cases today:
    1. NCR – 1,065
    2. CALABARZON – 784
    3. Central Luzon – 358
    4. Western Visayas – 197
    5. Davao – 79
  • Top 5 regions for recent cases (September 14-27):
    1. NCR – 956 (90 percent of total)
    2. CALABARZON – 667 (85 percent of total)
    3. Central Luzon – 344 (96 percent of total)
    4. Western Visayas – 193 (98 percent of total)
    5. Davao – 77 (97 percent of total)
  • Recovery rate is up at 83 percent with 19,630 recoveries.
  • 60 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate higher at 1.76 percent. The death rate has steadily been climbing at 0.1 percent almost every other day.
  • Most of the deaths are from NCR (29)
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (37 of 60 occurred in September)
  • 135 testing centers (103 RT-PCR and 32 GenExpert)
  • 3,405,136 individuals tested (around 30,950 tests/million population)

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases. Region III was third in total cases but fourth when only recent cases were recorded. Region VII is back in the top five with 129 total cases, 98.4 percent of which are recent.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark since September 5 – or for 20 straight days.
  • The National Capital Region has been seeing less cases as well.
  • The cumulative positivity rate for the country and the NCR are both lower but 0.1 percent overnight.
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 1,115 total cases yesterday, Quezon City, Manila and Taguig report three digit cases.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases yesterday saw Negros Occidental land in second spot. Cebu was fifth and Benguet eight – unlikely outliers.
  • The top twenty cities/municipalities with the highest cases were:
  • Thirteen of the 17 cities in NCR were in the top twenty cities/municipalities in the country with the most cases reported.
  • Bacolod City was in fourth spot yesterday for cities/municipalities with most cases in the country.
  • In the top twenty include Baguio City (in 10th), Olongapo (in 17th), Talisay (in 18th), and Davao City (in 19th).



The world officially passes the 33,000,000 mark in cases and will cross 1,000,000 deaths in 24 hours

  • Case fatality rate: 3.02 percent
  • The world continued an upward trajectory with respect to new cases, with a 7-day average close to 300,000 cases/day.
  • India continued to lead in cases and deaths. This country is set to cross the next million mark tomorrow.
  • France remained in fourth spot with over 14,000 cases overnight
  • While Indonesia was 10th among the top ten countries for deaths, the 88 deaths reported by the Philippines had placed us in 11th rank yesterday.

Feature story of the day

The week that was in the Philippines

If there’s one story that can be told, it’s how well we did over the past week compared to the past weeks. Longer doubling time, lower growth rate, fewer testing backlogs, lesser new cases, lesser deaths, a Rt (ERR) of 0.85.

Summary data from the European CDC summarized in the graphs below on daily confirmed cases, new confirmed deaths, and new COVID-19 tests showed a bending of the curves for new cases and deaths. And we’re now traversing the dark orange hue lines for daily positivity rate. 

 With 135 testing facilities in the country now, we should be able to conduct more testing. I also think that the government should regulate the cost of RT-PCR testing so that everyone can avail of this much needed and most important test in the country’s war against coronavirus.

After plateauing at more than 3,000-4,000 cases daily in the past 100 days, the week that was saw a slight reprieve in our battle. We need to sustain this in order to win the war.