MANILA, Philippines — More cases of highly infectious variants of COVID-19 have been detected in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
In an update, the DOH said that 516 more cases of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, which was first reported in India, have been recorded in the country based on the report of the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH).
This brings the total of Delta variant cases to 1,789, the agency said.
Of the additional 516 Delta variant cases detected, the DOH said that 473 are local cases, 31 are returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), and 12 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases.
Of the 473 local cases, 114 cases had indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, while 24 cases had indicated addresses in Ilocos Region, 32 cases in Cagayan Valley, 64 cases in Central Luzon, 79 cases in CALABARZON, 20 cases in MIMAROPA, 16 cases in Bicol Region, 13 cases in Western Visayas, 23 cases in Central Visayas, 12 cases in Zamboanga Peninsula, 48 cases in Northern Mindanao, 22 cases in Davao Region, and 6 cases in Cordillera Administrative Region.
Based on the case line list, six cases are still active, five cases have died, while 505 cases have been tagged as recovered.
“All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices,” the DOH said.
Health authorities also reported the detection of 73 Alpha (B.1.1.7) ) variant cases, 81 Beta (B.1.351) variant cases, and 41 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole genome sequencing.
Of the additional 73 Alpha variant cases detected, 71 were local cases and 2 were ROF cases. All cases have been tagged as recovered.
The total number of Alpha variant cases is now at 2,395. The Alpha variant was first reported in the United Kingdom.
Of the additional 81 Beta variant cases, 78 were local cases, 2 cases were ROFs, while one case is currently being verified if this is a local or ROF case. Based on the case line list, three cases have died and 78 cases have been tagged as recovered.
The total number of Beta variant cases is now at 2,669. The Beta variant was first detected in South Africa
Meanwhile, the 41 additional P.3 variant cases were all local cases. Based on the case list, one case has died while 40 cases have been tagged as recovered.
“While the total Alpha and Beta variant cases remain the highest in the country, there is a continuous and increasing detection of the Delta variant in the communities,” the agency said.
The DOH further reminds the public to immediately isolate upon experiencing symptoms, consult with telemedicine providers, and coordinate with their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to facilitate isolation and testing.
It added that, “strict and correct adherence to the minimum public health standards and choosing to get vaccinated” are the most important measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.