DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH)-Davao reported 178 additional cases of new COVID-19 variants in the Davao region, including two new cases of Delta variant or B.1.617.2 here.
The 178 new COVID variant cases brought to 265 the total number of new COVID-19 variant cases in the region as of July 31.
The new additional variants of concern cases include 48 cases of Alpha or B.1.1.7 and 128 cases of Beta or B.1.351. Davao City logged 15 cases of Alpha and 73 cases of Beta; Davao del Sur, five Beta; Davao del Norte, 30 Alpha and 41 Beta; Davao de Oro, two Alpha and seven Beta; and Davao Oriental, one Alpha and two Beta.
The two additional Delta variant cases in the region were found in Davao City – a 47-year-old male patient and a 36-year-old female patient tagged as discharged last July 19 and 21, respectively.
Both patients are now in isolation at the temporary treatment and monitoring facility, awaiting results of their reverse transcription polymerase reaction reaction (RT-PCR) tests.
These new variants of concern cases were detected from among the 593 specimens that were sent by the region for genome sequencing at the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) on July 1, July 8, and July 15.
The Alpha and Beta variants were first reported in the UK and South Africa, respectively, while the more virulent and highly transmissible Delta variant originally surfaced in India.
“The DOH reiterates to all LGUs (local government units) the need to strengthen the quarantine protocols, testing, and isolation. Regardless of the variant, the public is highly encouraged to enhance the adherence to the minimum public health standards to halt the transmission of COVID-19 and further prevent the emergence of new variants,” the DOH said.