The Philippines is among the top Southeast Asian countries with most number of active coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases and taking the 20th spot worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a recorded televised public briefing which was aired just minutes before midnight, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reported this latest development citing the WHO world rankings of countries based on data as of October 10.

A slide from the report of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

Active cases

The Philippines ranked third among member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with regards to the number of active COVID-19 cases, with 90,927 active cases.

Malaysia, which had 116,596 active cases, was ranked first, closely followed by Thailand with 110,880 active cases.

Compared to nations worldwide, the country took the 20th spot, while the United States of America topping the list having 9,805,835 active cases followed by the United Kingdom with 1,365,107 cases.

Case fatality rate

Based on the rankings, the Philippines ranked fifth among ASEAN countries when it comes to COVID-19 case fatality rate at 1.48 percent.

Myanmar took the top spot with 3.80 percent, followed by Indonesia with 3.37 percent, then Vietnam with 2.45 percent, and Cambodia with 2.14 percent.

Globally, the country was at 113th spot with regards to the case fatality rate for COVID-19.

“Sa pagkakataong ito, ating binigyang pansin ang rankings buhat sa WHO sapagkat sinasalamin nito ang kumpleto o longitudinal o cumulative data ng higit na maraming mga bansa (In this case, we pay attention to the rankings from the WHO because they reflect the complete or longitudinal or cumulative data of more countries),

Source: Manila Bulletin (