Pagadian City has reported a total of 419 total cases and 5 deaths. Photo by Ricleila on Wikimedia Commons
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Tarlac posts 211 newly reported Covid cases

Meanwhile, Pagadian seems to be a spot that could raise serious concern. 
BENJAMIN CO, MD | Nov 21 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. 


November 21, 2020 (updated)

Today reports a total of 1,791 new cases in the Philippines. The surprise of the day is the province of Tarlac which posts 211 new cases. Davao City is second in the top five. 

With 55 new deaths, the case fatality rate is now up at 1.94 percent.

Yesterday’s data breakdown

THE PHILIPPINES

  • While NCR and CALABARZON continued to lead the daily haul, Central Luzon, Davao Region and Western Visayas had three digit contributions to the total yesterday.
  • Davao del Sur remained on top with 117 cases from the region, but it was Region IVA that had all five provinces – Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, and Quezon among the top ten.
  • Seven cities in NCR figured in the top 20 cities/municipalities with most cases. 
  • Davao City led with 113 cases.

THE WORLD

The world saw a new record for both cases and deaths – 658,004 new cases and 11,384 deaths – in a single day. This brings the global total close to 58 million cases. 

The United States continues to lead globally with a record high of more than 200,000 cases yesterday. They also had the most number of new deaths—close to 2,000. The current case fatality rate in the United States stands at 2.12 percent (lower than the global average). 

Because there are now 11 countries with more than 1 million cases each, instead of posting the top ten, the countries with more than one million cases will be announced daily. 

Brazil now crosses the 6 million mark in total number of cases.

  • Global case fatality rate is down to 2.38 percent because of the large rise in cases (in spite of having a record high in deaths). 
  • Six European nations were among the top ten contributors to the pool of new cases yesterday – Italy, Germany, France, Poland, UK, and Spain.

Feature Story

Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur

Pagadian City is a second class component city and is the capital of the province of Zamboanga Del Sur. The regional center of the Zamboanga Peninsula, it is the second largest city in the region, after Zamboanga City. 

With a total area of close to 380 sq km. and a population of around 200,000, the density of the city is relatively low with 530 inhabitants/sq km. 

While the city is relatively dry from January to March, it is rainy the remaining months of the year. But because Pagadian City is outside of the Philippine Typhoon Belt, it is rare for this area to be affected by typhoons or storms. 

Agriculture is the major economic driver of the city with production of raw materials like seaweeds, coco processing and cassava making up a large part of the local economy. Small scale industries – bamboo, rattan, plastic, wood and other handicrafts — contribute to the economy of the city. 

Tourism is brisk here as it is home to many of the region's beautiful islets with Dumagoc as the most popular. 

The first case in Pagadian was reported on April 2 (swabbed March 18). 

There was only 1 case in May as well as in June. There were 5 cases in July, 3 in August, 9 in September, and October saw a surge of 166 cases. From November 1-20 alone, there were 233 cases reported. Pagadian City now has 419 total cases and 5 deaths for a fatality rate of 1.19 percent (lower than the national average).