Tuesday, October 19, 2021

DOH-Eastern Visayas heightens investigation, monitoring of Delta cases

THE surveillance team of the Department of Health (DOH)-Eastern Visayas has launched its active case investigations and monitoring to determine more details linked to the increasing Delta variant cases in the region.

The regional health department said they detected a total of 37 new variants of concern cases recently.

This includes 34 cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant or B. lineage first identified in India; two cases of the Beta variant or B.1.351 first identified in South Africa; and one case of variant under investigation P.3 that was first detected in the Philippines.

“All partner agencies and the local government units concerned are in close coordination to ensure the safety of the detected cases,” the DOH-Eastern Visayas said.

Of the 34 cases of the Delta Variant, there are 12 cases tagged in Eastern Samar; four in Borongan; two in Hernani; two in Guiuan; two in Taft; one in San Julian; and one in Sulat.

Western Samar has four cases which are found in Zumarraga (2), Basey (1), and Hinabangan (1).

The 16 cases in the province of Leyte are in Alang-Alang (2), Merida (2), Palo (1), Capoocan (1), Baybay (1), Tanauan (1), and Leyte, Leyte (8).

Tomas Oppus in Southern Leyte and Tacloban City each recorded one additional case of the Delta variant.

The Beta variant cases are from Anahawan and St. Bernard in Southern Leyte, while the variant under investigation P.3 has been detected in Leyte, Leyte.

“With this recent addition, there are now a total of 65 cases of the Delta variant identified and tagged in the region,” said the regional health department.

“This is the highest addition that the DOH-Eastern Visayas has recorded to the list of the Delta cases in the region, so far,” it added.

The cases are still from the set of 104 samples sent to the Philippine Genome Center for whole genome sequencing last August 10, 2021. (SunStar Philippines)


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