DOH reports 633 additional Delta variant cases

Published October 18, 2021, 12:42 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday, Oct. 18 reported the detection of 633 additional Delta variant cases in the country.


In a media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said of the 748 samples in the latest whole genome sequencing run, 84.63 percent or 633 were positive for Delta.

She added that .40 percent or 3 were positive for Alpha while .80 percent or 6 were positive for Beta.

Of the 15,168 samples sequenced as of Oct. 16, Vergeire said, 29.2 percent samples were positive for Delta variant, 21.8 positive for Beta, 19. 4 percent positive for Alpha and .02 percent or 3 samples were positive for Gamma.

“Among all the sequeced samples in the Philippines, 70.4 percent of the 15,168 samples with lineages positive for Alpha, Beta or Delta variant,” she said.

“All 17 regions either have an Alpha, Beta or Delta variant case,” added Vergeire.

“In the National Capital Region (NCR), all cities and the lone municipality were found to have a variant of concern. Also 645 or 67 percent of the returning overseas Filipinos were positive of a variant of concern,” she said.