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Philippines detects 97 more Delta variant cases, total at 216

Christian Deiparine - Philstar.com
Philippines detects 97 more Delta variant cases, total at 216
In this July 29, 2021 photo, members of the Manila Police District assist individuals waiting in line for their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the San Andres Sports Complex in Manila.
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MANILA, Philippines — (Updated 7:00 p.m.) Health officials on Thursday reported 97 new cases of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 to push the country's total to 216. 

The Department of Health said 88 of the additional infections are local cases, six are returning Filipinos from overseas and three still up for verification. 

Authorities added that 94 cases have already been tagged as recovered. The number of fatalities has stood at 8, while there are 16 active cases remaining, per the DOH.

The Philippines last week confirmed there is now local transmission of the Delta variant. That has since stirred calls among experts for a two-week lockdown in the capital region. 

Of the new cases, Central Visayas had the highest at 32, Metro Manila with 25, and Eastern Visayas with 10.

The health agency added that the six ROFs are crew members of vessels coming from Indonesia. 

Two were seafarers of the MT Clyde and barge Claudia, docked in Albay, and four from the MV Vega. 

Apart from Delta cases, the country also tallied 127 infections from the Beta, or the variant first detected in South Africa. 

There were 83 cases of the Alpha as well, or that first seen in the United Kingdom. DOH added it detected 22 of the P.3, or the homegrown variant that has since been downgraded to "alerts under monitoring."

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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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