THE Department of Health Central Visayas (DOH 7) has confirmed on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, that four more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases with the highly transmissible Delta variant (B.1.617.2) have been detected in the region.
DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas said the four additional Delta variant cases are from Cebu.
They were from the same batch of samples taken on July 4 to 10 and sent to the University of the Philippines Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) for genome sequencing.
The latest report brings the total number of Delta variant cases in Cebu to 36.
Last July 29, the DOH 7 had reported that 32 Delta cases had been found in the region, all of them in Cebu as well.
Of the 32 cases, 19 were patients from Lapu-Lapu City, six from Cebu City, three from Mandaue City, and two each from Cordova and Samboan towns.
Bernadas did not give additional information on the new Delta cases, saying the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the DOH Central Visayas is still informing the local government units concerned.
The four Cebu cases were among the 116 additional Delta variant cases announced by the DOH Thursday, Aug. 5.
Aside from the four cases in Central Visayas, 83 are in the National Capital Region, three in Calabarzon, two in Davao Region, and one each in Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region, the DOH said.
One additional case is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF), while 20 are still being verified whether they are ROFs or local cases.
The UP-PGC also detected 113 Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant cases, 122 Beta (B.1.351) variant cases, and 10 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole genome sequencing.