More Delta COVID-19 virus variant cases detected --- DOH

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There were 177 new cases of Delta coronavirus variant in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday, August 12.

Of the new Delta variant cases, 144 are local cases, three are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF), and 30 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases, the DOH said.

“Based on the case line list, 173 cases have been tagged as recovered, one has died, and three cases are with outcomes that are being verified. All other details are being validated by our regional and local health offices,” the DOH said.

Meanwhile, of 144 the local cases, the DOH said that 90 cases had indicated addresses in Metro Manila, while 25 had indicated addresses in Calabarzon, 16 in Cagayan Valley, eight in Ilocos Region, two in the Cordillera Administrative Region, two in Western Visayas, and one in Davao Region.

The running tally of Delta variant cases in the Philippines is now at 627.

Moreover, the DOH also reported the detection of 102 new Alpha variant cases, 59 Beta variant cases, and 14 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole genome sequencing.

This brings the total Alpha variant cases in the Philippines to 2,195; Beta cases with 2,421; P.3 variant at 301; while Gamma variant cases were still at two.

“Everyone has a shared responsibility to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. Continuous actions are being done at all levels of government to provide adequate resources to swiftly detect, isolate, and treat cases and vaccinate more individuals,” the DOH said.

“The DOH appeals to our kababayan to immediately isolate upon experiencing symptoms, adhere to isolation and quarantine protocols, and to follow minimum public health standards in all settings,” it added.