640 more Delta cases reported

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    MORE Delta variant cases continue to be detected by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) as the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported 640 additional cases of the more transmissible coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    The DOH said there are now a total of 2,708 cases of the B.1.617.2 (India) variant detected in the Philippines.

    In a statement, the DOH said 584 of the additional cases were local cases, 52 were Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs), while four cases are still under verification.

    The DOH said the Delta variant cases accounted for 85.6 percent of the 748 samples sequenced by the PGC.

    The DOH said majority of the local Delta variant cases were reported in the National Capital Region with 112 cases, Cagayan Valley with 52, and Calabarzon with 49.

    Based on the case line list, three cases are still active, 13 cases have died, while 624 cases have been tagged as recovered.

    Aside from the Delta variant, the DOH said the PGC also detected 28 Beta (South Africa/B.1.351) variant cases (3.7%), 24 Alpha (UK/B.1.1.7) variant cases (3.2%), and five P.3 (Philippines) variant cases (0.7%).

    Of the additional 24 Alpha variant cases, 23 were local cases and one a Returning Overseas Filipino. Of the cases, one has died, while 23 cases have recovered.

    The total Alpha variant cases now stand at 2,448.

    The additional 28 Beta variant cases were all local cases, the DOH said. They have all recovered.

    The total Beta variant cases in the country are now 2,725.

    All of the five additional P.3 variant cases were also local cases, and they have all recovered. The DOH said the total P.3 variant cases are now 447.

    In a related development, the PGC announced that it is now scaling down its COVID-19 RT-PCR testing services.

    This in order to give way to the shift of their resources to the detection of COVID-19 variants through whole genome sequencing.

    “The shift will lead to an expected increase in the sequencing capacity and detection of COVID-19 variant cases in the country in the succeeding months,” said the PGC.