Philippines sees 55 more Delta variant cases, total climbs to 119

Christian Deiparine - Philstar.com
Philippines sees 55 more Delta variant cases, total climbs to 119
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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine health authorities on Sunday detected 55 more cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 to bring the country's total to 119.

The Department of Health said 37 of these are local cases, while 17 are returning Filipinos from abroad. 

Officials are still identifying if the last one remaining is a local case or an individual from overseas.

DOH added that, from the new local cases, 14 are from Calabarzon while eight are from Northern Mindanao. 

Six, meanwhile, had indicated address in Metro Manila, another six in Central Luzon, two in Davao Region and one in Ilocos Region. 

The health agency also reported that one of the additional cases has died. This brings the count of fatalities to four. 

All 54 have since been tagged as recovered, with 12 active cases remaining. 

The detection of more Delta cases comes as authorities officially declared local transmission of the variant at home. 

DOH attributed the consecutive release of genome sequencing results in the past week to more resources for biosurveillance. 

"Samples with more recent collection dates and those from areas with spikes were prioritized to determine the presence and spread of these variants in these areas," it said.

Apart from Delta infections, the Philippines also saw 179 new cases of the Beta, or the variant first detected in South Africa. 



There were also 94 more cases of the Alpha, or that first seen in the United Kingdom, as well as nine of the P.3, the homegrown since downgraded to variants "under alerts for monitoring." 

"With the establishment of the local transmission of the Delta variant, we need a swifter implementation of our response strategies," authorities said.

DOH also urged local governments to immediately contain observed increase in COVID-19 cases through granular lockdowns and stronger implementation of detection and isolation protocols.

The government has moved to place Metro Manila under a stricter general community quarantine along with four areas until end of the month following the development. 

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LATEST UPDATE: September 13, 2021 - 8:42am

Local and global updates on COVID-19 cases, outbreaks and containment efforts due to the highly contagious Delta variant, first identified in India. (Main image: Lockdown in Sydney, Australia in June 2021 by AFP/Saeed Khan)

September 13, 2021 - 8:42am

The Philippines has 640 new cases of the Delta variant of COCID-19 out of the 748 samples it sent for genome sequencing, the Department of Health announces.

DOH says 584 are local cases, 52 returning Filipinos from abroad and four still being verified.

Of the new Delta infections, 13 have died while 624 have been tagged as recovered. — Christian Deiparine

September 6, 2021 - 12:38pm

The Department of Health reports 279 new Delta variant cases in the Philippines.

Among the new cases, 245 are local cases while 21 are returning Filipinos from overseas. 

September 6, 2021 - 9:42am

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2 Indian lineage) comprises 16% of the total of coronavirus cases in the Philippines, according to latest data from the Department of Health.

The Beta variant (B.1.351 South African lineage) remains the most common lineage nationally with 24%, followed by the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7 UK lineage) with 21.5%. 

The DOH notes that once detected in a region, the Beta variant becomes the more common lineage.

August 26, 2021 - 10:53am

Australia on Thursday reports more than 1,000 new local coronavirus cases for the first time during the pandemic, as a Delta variant outbreak surged in Sydney.

New South Wales state, which includes the country's most populous city Sydney, announced a record 1,029 cases of Covid-19 for the previous 24 hours.

An outbreak that began in the city in mid-June has reached over 15,000 cases and spread to smaller towns and cities, prompting the return of lockdowns and travel restrictions across Australia's populated southeast. — AFP

August 25, 2021 - 11:33am

The spread of the more transmissible Delta variant is leading to more infections in households, the World Health Organization says.

WHO Western Pacific Region Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai notes how Filipinos have been adapting to the COVID-19 situation in the country.

"We know lockdown alone cannot really reduce the transmission so it's important to know where the infections are occurring and suppress that. The government is putting 'significant effort' in vaccination," Kasai says at a press briefing.

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