Philippine ’s total cases of the Delta variant now at 47
Malacañang on Friday, July 23, placed the the Davao Region provinces of Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte under GCQ with heightened restrictions from July 23 to July 31 as the Department of Health confirmed the local transmission in the country of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.
Also declared under strict GCQ status are Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte snd Ilocos Sur.
DOH on Thursday said that based on the phylogenetic analysis by genomic experts and the investigation by the department, “clusters of Delta variant cases were seen to be linked to other local cases, therefore, exhibiting local transmission.”
Also on Thursday, DOH reported 12 additional local cases of the Delta variant, bringing the country’s total cases of the variant to 47.
Delta was first detected in India, and is seen to be driving surges in COVID-19 cases worldwide. It has now spread to at least 124 countries and is now on track to become the dominant COVID-19 variant globally.
NO DELTA CASE IN DAVAO
Davao City COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson, Dr. Michelle Schlosser said the city heightened security measures in terms of prevention, detection, isolation, and reintegration to thwart the possible transmission of the new COVID-19 variant in the city.
She made the statement following reports of positive cases of the new variant in some parts of the country, particularly in neighboring Cagayan de Oro City.
“They [security group] strengthened their safety protocols in the city’s entry points especially for inbound travels via land, sea, and air. Even before the Delta variant, we already implemented measures to prevent the transmission of the virus,” Schlosser clarified in a report in Davao City-based onlIne news site NEWS FORT..
She said they continue to empower the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT), especially in monitoring new individuals in their community, and ensuring that they are strictly following the 14-day quarantine.