The Department of Health, the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines- National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) in its report today cited the detection of 31 additional local cases of Delta variant (B.1.617.2) in Western Visayas.
Of the 31 local cases, 19 were from the province of Antique, two (2) from Capiz, three (3) from Iloilo City, and seven (7) from Iloilo Province. None was recorded in Bacolod and Negros Occidental.
The confirmed cases are part of the 99 samples submitted to the PGC for genome sequencing last July 23, 2021.
The DOH Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) is also verifying two (2) Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) who were found positive of Delta variant and with indicative address in the region.
Concerned local government units have been informed relative to this development, according to DOH and coordination is being conducted to complete the case profile of these identified local cases including their current health status.
Contact tracing and back tracing will also be conducted.
The health department reminds the public not be complacent and also continuously adhere to the minimum public health standards to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
DOH said it important for the public to continue the wearing of face mask and face shield, physical distancing, regular washing of hands and ensuring that there is enough airflow when inside enclosed spaces.
It also reminded the public that as much as possible, go out only when necessary.