Cavite logged in a total of 279 cases today. Photo of Bacoor City Hall by Lawrence Ruiz on Wikimedia Commons
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CALABARZON's numbers are up—so why is Batangas the only province in the region under GCQ?

The DoH/IATF announcement placing only Batangas under GCQ—and placing the rest of the provinces in the CALABARZON area under MGCQ—is baffling. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Sep 29 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 29, 2020 (updated)

  • 2,025 newly reported cases today brings our total to 309,303. There were 10 cases removed from the total case count. 
  • 31 percent of the total are from the National Capital Region. 
  • Of the 628 cases reported today from NCR,  540 (86 percent) are recent (from September 16-29). Nevertheless, there are still cases way back from March and April that are being resurrected and reported.
  • The recent announcement of the DoH/IATF in placing only Batangas under GCQ (General Community Quarantine) but the rest of the provinces in the CALABARZON area under MGCQ (Modified General Community Quarantine) is baffling. 
  • Broken down below are the cases in Region IVA. Laguna leads with the most number of total cases and Cavite has the highest number of cases for the month of September alone. Both these provinces continue to make it to the top five in the list of provinces that highly contribute to the pool of daily cases. 
  • Even in terms of per capita (cases per million population) – the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal lead the region by a mile.
  • Of the 2,025 newly announced cases today, only 81 percent or 1,641 are recent (September 16-29, 2020)
  • Top 5 regions for total cases today: 
    1. NCR – 628
    2. CALABARZON – 517
    3. Central Luzon – 252
    4. Western Visayas – 233
    5. CAR – 57
  • Top 5 regions for recent cases (September 16-29): 
    1. NCR – 540 (86 percent of total)
    2. CALABARZON – 296 (57 percent of total)
    3. Central Luzon – 239 (95 percent of total)
    4. Western Visayas – 223 (96 percent of total)
    5. CAR – 55 (96 percent of total)
  • Recovery rate is down at 81.8 percent with 290 recoveries. 
  • 68 deaths reported today leaves the case fatality rate up at 1.76 percent. 
  • Most of the deaths today are from NCR (26 of the 68) followed by Western Visayas (13 of the 68). 
  • Most of the reported deaths are recent (49 of 68 occurred in September)
  • 136 testing centers (104 RT-PCR and 32 GenExpert)
  • 3,460,600 individuals tested (around 31,460 tests/million population)

Yesterday’s data breakdown


  • NCR and Region IVA continued to lead in cases with Region IVA seeing a rise in its daily cases. Regions VI, III and VII were 3rd, 4th and 5th, respectively yesterday. The percentage of recent cases nationally and in most of the regions were more than 90 percent.
  • The daily positivity rate has hovered below the 10 percent mark since September 5 – or for 22 straight days. 
  • The National Capital Region has been seeing 50 percent less cases as well.
  • Note, however, that the number of laboratories submitting cases on time were only around three-fourths of the total lab capacity of the country.
  • NCR will always be on top of the heap. With 1,158 total cases yesterday, Quezon City is back on top with Manila and Makati reporting triple digits as well.
  • The top ten provinces with the highest cases yesterday saw four provinces in CALABARZON at second to fifth spot. The surprise of the day was Capiz that reported 62 cases and is the day’s feature story.
  • The top twenty cities/municipalities were mostly from NCR. Iloilo City was fourth and Bacolod City in 11th rank. Baguio City is back in the top twenty, but the surprise of the day is Roxas City in Capiz with 50 new cases reported.


The world officially passes the 1,000,000 deaths mark

  • Case fatality rate: 3.0 percent
  • Because it was the weekend, there were less cases and less deaths reported. Nevertheless, the 7-day average for cases is almost 300,000 per day, while deaths are around 5,300 daily deaths. 
  • India continued to lead in cases and deaths and has over 6.1M reported as of yesterday. 
  • Indonesia was 9th among the top ten countries for deaths with 87 reported. 
  • France, which was seeing a burst of new cases lately, reported 81 deaths and landed in 10th rank among top ten countries with highest deaths reported yesterday.

Feature story of the day

Capiz (Western Visayas, Philippines)

With a land area four times the size of the National Capital Region, Capiz has a population of around 760,000 (2015 census). Its capital, the city of Roxas is a third class component city in the Western Visayas region. 

Roxas City has a population less than 170,000. 

The first four cases in Capiz were reported on April 2020. Three of the four were from Roxas City alone. As the pandemic rolled on, the province of Capiz saw no case in May and 4 more cases in June. It reported 52 cases in July and 146 additional cases in August. From September 1-28, 2020, Capiz alone had 331 new cases or a 250 percent increase from the previous month. 

To date, it has 537 cases with Roxas City (with 260 cases) accounting for almost 50 percent of the total cases in the province. 

The number of cases in the recent months shows a 7-day average growth rate of 2.35 percent and a doubling time of around 29 days – faster and shorter than the National Capital Region.