Number of COVID-19 cases in 8 Metro Manila cities on the rise – Duque

Published February 16, 2021, 1:18 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said eight cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) were showing an increase in the number coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Walong lungsod sa NCR ang nagpapakita din ng pagtaas mga kaso (Eight cities in the NCR are also showing increasing cases),” he said during a meeting with President Duterte.

Duque, however, did not identify these cities.

Aside from the eight cities in NCR, he said, Region 7 and Caraga were also showing an increase in infections.

But, he said, in general, the country was seeing a decrease in the number of recorded cases.

“Sa pangkalahatan nakakakita pa din tayo ng pagbaba sa dami ng naitatalang kaso sa buong bansa (In general we still see a decrease in the number of recorded cases nationwide,” said Duque.

He also revealed that, as of February 15, the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country was at 1,685, with the total number of confirmed cases now at 550,860.

“Out of these 27,588 currently admitted or isolated,” he said.

“In terms of recoveries, we have 511,755 cases who have recovered and accounts for 93 percent more or less,” added Duque.

“As to deaths, our case fatality rate is 2.09 percent with 11,517 total deaths,” he said.

Duque said active cases or those asymptomatic, mild or moderate were at 26,043 which was equivalent to about 94.4 percent, while severe and critical cases, he said, was at 1,545, or equivalent to 5.6 percent.