DOH closely monitoring 3,424 of 8,557 genome sequencing samples

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021   •   236

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) on Friday, July 16, reported the detection of additional 264 cases with Alpha variant, 299 Beta variant cases, 16 Delta variant cases, and 55 Theta variant cases from the latest batch of samples sequenced by the genome center.

The report from the DOH said that, to date, the UP-PGC has sequenced a total of 8,557 samples, of which 3,424 have variants being closely monitored by the health department.

“With the detection of local cases with the more transmissible Delta variant, now more than ever, we need to act as one for us to win this race against the variant,” the DOH said.

The Department of Health is calling on the LGUs to ensure that protocols for Doors 3 and 4 of the 4-door strategy are in place and be further enhanced.

“We need to strengthen the implementation of our PDITR strategies and expand the capacity of the local healthcare capacity to manage a possible surge in cases,” the DOH said.

The 4-door strategy that the government is adopting for COVID-19 response include:

  • Door 1- travel bans and restrictions from points of origin;
  • Door 2 – screening, quarantine, and testing at points of entry, and preventing entry/containing and mitigating of cases;
  • Door 3 – point of care where Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) is implemented to prevent further local spread; and,
  • Door 4 – implementation of community quarantines and PDITR in an epidemic surge

“We also call for public’s cooperation to choose to be protected against COVID-19 by continuously following the minimum public health stands and through vaccination,” the health department added. —/mbmf

PH logs 633 additional cases of Delta COVID-19 variant

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that 633 more cases of Delta COVID-19 variant have been detected in the Philippines.

In a virtual press briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the latest figure was detected in the 748 samples recently sequenced.

Of the total sequenced samples, three Alpha variant cases and six Beta variant cases were also found.

With this, the number of Delta variant cases reported in the country has climbed to 4,431; Alpha variant with 2,938 cases, and 3,313 Beta variant cases.

The DOH said that as of October 17, a total of 17,147 samples have been sequenced, of which, 88.46 percent or 15,168 were listed with lineages.

Vergeire said that Delta variant remains as the most common lineage among the samples sequenced and is present in all regions nationwide.

All regions in the country have also reported the presence of either Alpha of Beta, she added.

640 more Delta variant cases detected in Phl

Maris Federez   •   September 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine health authorities have detected 640 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases (85.6%), 28 Beta (B.1.351) variant cases (3.7%), 24 Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant cases (3.2%), and five P.3 variant cases (0.7%) in the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing of 748 samples.

In a press release on Monday, the Department of Health said that 584 of the additional 640 Delta variant cases, were local cases and 52 were returning overseas Filipinos (ROF).  Four cases are currently being verified whether they are local or ROF cases.

Based on the case line list, three cases are still active, 13 cases have died, while 624 cases have been tagged as recovered. Case details are being validated by the regional and local health offices.

The total Delta variant cases are now 2,708, the report said.

Meanwhile, of the additional 24 Alpha variant cases, 23 were local cases and one was a ROF.

Based on the case list, one case died while 23 cases have been tagged as recovered.

The total Alpha variant cases are now 2,448.

On the other hand, the additional 28 Beta variant cases were all local cases. Based on the case list, all have been tagged as recovered.

The total Beta variant cases are now 2,725.

The report further said that five additional P.3 variant cases were all local cases and have been tagged as recovered.

The DOH said these sequenced samples were submitted by 77 laboratories, collecting institutions, and different Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (RESU).

Meanwhile, the UP-PGC also announced that starting September 9 they have scaled down their COVID-19 RT-PCR testing services to shift their resources on the detection of COVID-19 variants through whole-genome sequencing.

The shift will lead to an expected increase in the sequencing capacity and detection of COVID-19 variant cases in the country in the succeeding months.

PH detects 279 more cases of Delta COVID-19 variant; total rises to 2,068

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – More cases of the hyper-transmissible Delta COVID-19 variant have been detected in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.

In a statement, the DOH said 279 Delta variant cases were detected in the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing reported by the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH).

Of the additional Delta variant cases, the DOH said that 245 are local cases, 21 are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF), and 13 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases.

These cases were found in the following areas:

  • 51 in the National Capital Region
  • 35 in Calabarzon
  • 24 in Central Luzon
  • 22 in Northern Mindanao
  • 17 in the Ilocos Region
  • 17 in Cagayan Valley
  • 13 cases in the Cordillera Administrative Region
  • 9 in MIMAROPA
  • 19 in the Bicol Region
  • 3 in Western Visayas
  • 5 in Central Visayas
  • 14 in Eastern Visayas
  • 1 in Zamboanga Peninsula
  • 10 in the Davao Region
  • 5 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao

“Based on the case line list, two cases are still active, eight cases have died, 267 cases have been tagged as recovered, while the outcome of two cases is being verified,” the DOH said.

“All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices,” it added.

The DOH said the confirmed cases of Delta variant in the Philippines now stand at 2,068.

Aside from the Delta variant, the DOH also reported the detection of 29 Alpha variant cases, 28 Beta variant cases, and 13 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing.

The additional 29 Alpha variant cases were all local cases.

“Based on the case list, one case is still active, one has died, while 27 cases have been tagged as recovered,” the DOH said.

The total Alpha variant cases in the Philippines are now 2,424.

Meanwhile, the 28 additional Beta variant cases were all local cases and have been tagged as recovered.

The total Beta variant cases are now 2,697.

Meanwhile, the 13 additional P.3 variant cases were all local cases.

“Based on the case list, one case has died while 12 cases have been tagged as recovered,” the DOH said.

With the sustained increase in the detection of more virulent coronavirus variants, the DOH reminded the public to continue adhering to the minimum public health standards as crucial support to vaccination efforts to prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 and its variants.

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