DOH, UP-PGC, AND UP-NIH CONFIRM ADDITIONAL COVID-19 VARIANT CASES

Press Release | 29 August 2021

The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines - National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) today report the detection of 516 Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases, 73 Alpha (B.1.1.7) variant cases, 81 Beta (B.1.351) variant cases, and 41 P.3 variant cases in the latest batch of whole genome sequencing. A total of 748 samples submitted by 67 laboratories, collecting institutions, and different Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Units (RESU) were sequenced.

ON DELTA VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional 516 Delta variant cases, 473 are local cases, 31 are Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), and 12 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases. Of the 473 local cases, 114 cases had indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, while 24 cases had indicated addresses in Ilocos Region, 32 cases in Cagayan Valley, 64 cases in Central Luzon, 79 cases in CALABARZON, 20 cases in MIMAROPA, 16 cases in Bicol Region, 13 cases in Western Visayas, 23 cases in Central Visayas, 12 cases in Zamboanga Peninsula, 48 cases in Northern Mindanao, 22 cases in Davao Region, and 6 cases in Cordillera Administrative Region. Based on the case line list, six cases are still active, five cases have died, while 505 cases have been tagged as recovered. All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices.

The total Delta variant cases are now 1,789.

ON ALPHA VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional 73 Alpha variant cases detected, 71 were local cases and 2 were ROF cases. All cases have been tagged as recovered.

The total Alpha variant cases are now 2,395.

ON BETA VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional 81 Beta variant cases, 78 were local cases, 2 cases were ROFs, while one case is currently being verified if this is a local or ROF case. Based on the case line list, three cases have died and 78 cases have been tagged as recovered.

The total Beta variant cases are now 2,669.

ON P.3 VARIANT CASES:

The 41 additional P.3 variant cases were all local cases. Based on the case list, one case has died while 40 cases have been tagged as recovered.

While the total Alpha and Beta variant cases remain the highest in the country, there is a continuous and increasing detection of the Delta variant in the communities. The DOH is closely coordinating with the Centers for Health Development and local government units on the continued implementation of active case finding, aggressive contact tracing and testing, immediate isolation/quarantine, and strengthened PDITR and vaccination strategies to prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 and its variants.

The DOH further reminds the public to immediately isolate upon experiencing symptoms, consult with telemedicine providers, and coordinate with their respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) to facilitate isolation and testing. Further, the Department encourages the public to get vaccinated and complete the required doses for additional protection against COVID-19.

Strict and correct adherence to the minimum public health standards and choosing to get vaccinated are the most important actions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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