PH has Delta as the ‘most common’ Covid-19 variant

    The Delta variant was found to be the most common Covid-19 variant in the Philippines as it added 319 more cases, according to the Department of Health on Monday.

    MANILA — The additional infections were reported to have come from 374 samples tested on 18 September 18, 297 of which are local cases, 18 returning Filipinos from overseas, and four still being verified.

    Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted a “gradual increase” in proportion of variant cases detected at a national level since reports early this year.

    Variants of concern only tallied up to 22.9 percent of samples collected in February. By March, it was up to 82.8 percent, and in August, was at 97.7 percent.

    “The increased proportion of these variants can be attributed to their increased transmissibility,” Vergeire said. “However, sampling methodology also affects the proportions as samples from target areas or populations are prioritized more.”

    The World Health Organization said the Delta variant could now be considered as the “most dominant” variant in the country on 31 August. This suggests community transmission. (HMP/The MiNT)


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