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) reported the detection of 17 more Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases in the country.
According to the three agencies ‘ joint statement released on Saturday, July 24, the detection of the additional 17 brought the total Delta variant cases to 64.
Of the additional 17 Delta variant cases, 12 are local cases, one is a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF), and four are still under verification as to whether they are local or ROF cases, the statement said.
It added that of the 12 local cases nine had an indicated address in the National Capital Region (NCR), while three were from Calabarzon Region.
Three cases remain active, while 14 have been tagged as recovered.
Meanwhile, the group has also detected 11 more Alpha (B.1.1.7), 13 Beta (B.1.351), and two P.3 variant cases on the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing.
The statement said that of the additional 11 Alpha variant cases, 10 were local cases and one is currently being verified.
Based on the case line list, one remains active, seven cases have died, and three cases have been tagged as recovered.
This brings the total Alpha variant cases to 1,679, the report said.
The report further said that the additional 13 Beta variant cases are composed of 10 local and three under verification cases.
Ten of the cases have already recovered and only one is still active. Two cases, however, had reportedly died.
The recorded data showed that the total Beta variant cases are now at 1,840.
Meanwhile, both recently detected P.3 variant cases have been tagged as recovered. One is a local case and the other is still being verified if it is a local or an ROF case.
The report said that the samples taken from seafarers of M/V Tug Clyde and Barge Claudia have been included in the next batch of whole-genome sequencing.
With the announcement of local transmissions of the Delta variant, the DOH emphasized the need to ensure active case finding, aggressive contact tracing, increased risk-based and targeted testing, and the immediate isolation/quarantine of suspect/probable cases and close contacts.
The health department advises the public to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards, have themselves inoculated, and complete their vaccine doses as scheduled.