The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday, July 25, 55 new cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus in the Philippines.
Out of the 55 new cases, 37 are considered local infections, 17 are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF), while one is currently being verified if this is a local or ROF case, the DOH said.
“One case has died while 54 cases have been tagged as recovered,” the DOH said in a statement. This brought the total Delta variant cases to 119.
The DOH said that of the 37 local cases, 14 were from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), eight from Northern Mindanao, six had an indicated address in the National Capital Region (NCR), six from Central Luzon, two from Davao Region, and one from the Ilocos Region.
“With the establishment of the local transmission of the Delta variant, we need a swifter implementation of our response strategies. Local government units must immediately contain observed case increases through granular lockdowns and stronger PDITR (prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and reintegrate) implementation,” the DOH said.
“We call on both public and private sectors to ensure active case finding, aggressive contact tracing, immediate isolation or quarantine, and compliance to minimum public health standards in their respective localities and even workplaces,” it added.
The DOH also called on the public to immediately reach out to their Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams if they were exposed to a positive individual or developed COVID-19 signs or symptoms.
Meanwhile, 94 Alpha variant cases were also detected. There were also 179 Beta variant cases, and nine P.3 variant cases. This raised the total of Alpha variant cases in the country to 1,775, Beta with 2,019, and P.3 variant with 244. The Gamma variant cases in the Philippines remain at two.