The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 380 new cases of the Delta variant in the country.
In a media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the latest genome sequencing also detected 104 cases of the Alpha variant and 166 cases of the Beta variant.
“Majority (50.94%) of the sequenced samples are Delta variant cases,” she said.
The DOH also reported the detection of the first case of the B.1.1.318 variant in the country.
Vergeire said the Philippine Genome Center had found the B.1.1.318 case from the 746 swab samples that were sequenced on Oct. 22.
“We were able to detect a case here, 34 year old male. His sample is retroactive taken on March 10, 2021 from PRC (Philippine Red Cross) laboratory,” she said.
“He has travel history in the UAE and arrived here on March 5. The date of recovery March 21. Local address is Bacolod City, Negros Occidental,” added Vergeire.
According to the health official, they are doing retrospective sampling to trace the beginnings of the Delta variant in the country as well as the earliest cases.
Vergeire, however, stressed that the B.1.1.318 is a variant under monitoring under the classification of the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Its a variant under monitoring. Everything is being studied. There is no cause to panic. We just need to be vigilant and follow the minimum public health standards,” she said.