Saturday, September 18, 2021

4 more Delta cases in Cebu

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.

Latest tally

Meanwhile, as testing output improved, new Covid-19 cases increased again to over 8,000 on Thursday and active cases hit a new high in three months.

The total active cases in the country increased to 66,895, the highest since the 69,466 active cases reported on May 3, 2021.

In its case bulletin Thursday, the DOH reported 8,127 new cases, 196 additional deaths and 4,343 new recoveries.

The new cases exceeded 8,000 in five out of seven days from July 30 to Aug. 5.

The positivity rate also increased further to 17.3 percent out of the 56,035 samples tested on Aug. 3. One laboratory was not operational and three others were unable to submit their testing output to the Covid-19 Document Repository System.

The new infections brought the cumulative Covid-19 case count nationwide to 1,627,816, less the 135 duplicates that were removed from the tally.

The additional deaths, which included 131 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries, raised the Covid-19 death toll in the Philippines to 28,427. The case fatality rate swung back to 1.75 percent.

With the new recoveries, the total went up to 1,532,494.

There were, however, 15 cases tagged as recoveries that were found to be still active cases.

Of the active cases as of Aug. 3, 1.1 percent were critical, 1.9 percent were severe, 1.3 percent were moderate, 94.6 percent were mild and 1.0 percent were asymptomatic. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)


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