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.