DOH confirms Delta variant local transmission
The Department of Health (DOH) has declared that there is now local transmission of the Delta variant, the highly transmissible strain of COVID-19.
DOH issued this statement on Friday, July 23, saying that 23 local cases of the Delta variant have been detected in recent weeks.
The local transmission of the Delta variant was determined following the “phylogenetic analysis” conducted by the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) and the case investigation by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and the regional and local epidemiology and surveillance units.
At a press briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire yesterday said having local transmission means they can still see the “linkages” between and among cases, compared to having community transmission.
“In local transmission, you are still seeing the relationship of different cases among each other. When there is community transmission, there are many cases and you do not see the linkage anymore,” she noted.