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.