116 new Delta variant cases detected in PH — DOH

Published August 5, 2021, 3:42 PM

by Analou de Vera


The Department of Health (DOH) reported Thursday, Aug. 5, 116 new people infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

Of the new Delta infections, 95 are local cases, one is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF), and 20 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases, the DOH said in a statement on Thursday.

Of the 95 local cases, 83 cases had an indicated address in the National Capital Region (NCR), while three had indicated addresses in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) , four in Central Visayas, two in Davao Region, and one each in Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan Valley, and Ilocos Region, the DOH said.

“All cases have been tagged as recovered. All other information is being validated by our regional and local health offices,” the DOH noted.

With this latest development, the country’s total Delta variant cases stood at 331.

“While community transmission of the Delta variant is being studied, the national government together with LGUs (local government units) should act aggressively as if there is already community transmission,” the DOH said.

“[The] DOH would like to reiterate that these cases detected with the variants of concern are already COVID-19 positive, hence, clinical management and response remain the same,” it added.

Meanwhile, the DOH also announced the detection of 113 new Alpha variant cases, 122 additional Beta variant cases, and 10 more P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole genome sequencing.

This brings the total Alpha variant cases in the Philippines to 1,968; Beta variant cases are now at 2,268; and P.3 variant cases to 276. Meanwhile, cases of Gamma variant remain at two.

“Due to the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine on the National Capital Region, the DOH urged the public to continue practicing the minimum public health standards at all times to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the DOH said.

“Everyone is also reminded to ensure there is good ventilation whenever indoors by opening windows and doors. Moreover, the DOH reiterated to the public to avail of the free vaccination program if they are eligible, register with your local government,” it added.