W. Visayas records 4 new Delta variant cases

Published July 30, 2021, 1:16 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that four new cases of COVID-19’s Delta variants have been recorded in Western Visayas region.

“The results of the four additional cases were released by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC),” said Dr. Adriano Suba-an, DOH’s regional director in Western Visayas.

This now brings a total of six confirmed cases in Western Visayas of the Delta variant, which is said to be a more severe

One of the four new cases of the Delta variant is a 59-year-old woman in Antique province. She is a close contact of a married couple who were the first two confirmed cases of Delta variants in Western Visayas. The woman was reportedly admitted at Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC), the DOH-run hospital in Iloilo City last July 8. The woman has since been discharged and is undergoing home quarantine.

The second confirmed Delta variant case is a 30-year-old man from Iloilo City, which is the regional center’s first confirmed case. The man sought medical consultation at WVMC last July 8 after experiencing chills and fever. He underwent swab testing and the test result came out the next day.

Mayor Jerry Treñas separately said the man had no travel history and that the man’s wife also tested positive for COVID-19, but no word yet if it’s also a Delta variant since the wife’s specimen is still awaiting the result from PGC.

The third confirmed case of Delta variant is a 32-year-old woman from Cabatuan town, Iloilo province. The woman who had kidney problems died Thursday, July 29. Dr. Ma. Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, acting chief of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office, said the woman was admitted at WVMC last June 27 as a dialysis patient and tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week later. She was discharged, but was readmitted last July 27 as she had difficulty breathing at that time.

The fourth case is a 46-year-old man and a returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and is currently in Metro Manila. Quiñon clarified the DOH tagged the case to Western Visayas as the returning OFW is from Barotac Nuevo town, Iloilo province but is not in Iloilo. Quiñon added the man previously tested positive for COVID-19 while in Spain.