9 Delta variant cases got COVID-19 jabs, showed mild symptoms — DOH

Christian Deiparine - Philstar.com
9 Delta variant cases got COVID-19 jabs, showed mild symptoms â DOH
Residents receive a dose of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City on July 21, 2021.
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MANILA, Philippines — New details came to light on the country’s Delta variant cases on Monday, as the Department of Health reported that nine of those infected had already been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Authorities on Sunday reported 55 additional cases of the highly transmissible variant, with the overall count since climbing to 119. 

DOH said it is still verifying the vaccination status of most of the cases, or 86 of the total. 

But it added that four of the 119 are already complete with their two doses. Five, meanwhile, had received their initial shot.

Of those fully inoculated, three had mild COVID-19 while the last was asymptomatic. Among those with first dose, three were also mild cases and two did not show symptoms. 

At least 24 Delta variant cases were unvaccinated, the DOH added. Two of the confirmed deaths also did not receive the jabs. 

Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a briefing stressed that vaccines continue to work against COVID-19 and its variants.

“When we look at infections in hospitals today compared to before,” she said in Filipino, “the number of health workers infected has gone down and those hospitalized are the unvaccinated.”

This month, DOH said the Department of Science and Technology would study breakthrough infections among persons complete with their COVID-19 jabs.

No surge, community transmission yet

Vergeire admitted they are seeing an uptick in additional cases across the country, but said this could not classify yet as a new surge.

“A surge has a definition in epidemiology which is not happening right now,” she said in mixed English and Filipino. “Cases are going up, that we can verify.”

In the last two weeks, the health official added that six regions showed trend reversals, or from a negative to a positive growth rate. 

These are: Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Metro Manila. 

Cordillera Administrative Region and Ilocos Region, Vergeire said, have had positive growth rates as well for six weeks now. 

DOH is also closely monitoring 26 provinces due to high average attack rates, or exhibiting low to moderate two-week growth rate.

The Philippines last week confirmed there is now a local transmission of the Delta variant. Per Vergeire, it meant authorities are now seeing a relationship of the different cases among each other.

Community transmission is still different, which she said authorities have yet to confirm. That would mean already many cases but no longer seeing linkage. 

“We are still studying that,” Vergeire continued in Filipino. “We need to wait for the phylogenetic analysis by the Philippine Genome Center so we can have appropriate evidence to say that." 

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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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