PH reports Delta variant with 16 new cases

    The Department of Health announced 16 new cases of the Delta variant
    have been detected in the country. Fifteen have fully recovered and one had died.
    Five of those who tested positive were Filipinos who returned from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the United Kingdom. Out of the 16, 11 were tagged as local cases. Two were from Manila, five from Cagayan de Oro, one from Misamis Oriental, two from Antique, and one from Pampanga.

    MANILA — Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire labels the succession of these detections as “sporadic.”

    The DOH released an infographic on Friday, which announced the number of active cases in the country according to the five variants: Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, and Theta. As of 15 July, there are 20 active cases of the Alpha variant, 21 of Beta, and 1 Theta.

    Overall, here is a breakdown of the cases of variants of concerns detected in the country:
     Alpha: 1,481 (five cases for verification)
     Beta: 1,685 (two cases for verification)
     Delta: 35 (no active cases)
     Gamma: 2 (no active cases)
     Theta: 221

    DOH urged local government units (LGUs) to enhance their strategies and approach to prevent further transmissions of Covid-19 cases within their respective constituents.

    “The Department of Health calls on LGUs to ensure that protocols for Doors 3 and 4 of the 4-door strategy are in place and be further enhanced. We need to strengthen the implementation of our PDITR (Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate) strategies and expand the capacity of the local healthcare capacity to manage possible surge in cases,” the health department said.

    “We also call for public’s cooperation to choose to be protected against COVID-19 by continuously following the minimum public health standards and through vaccination,” the agency says. (HMP/The MiNT)

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