TWO MORE CASES of Delta variant detected in Davao City

DAVAO CITY- Health authorities have detected two additional cases of the more transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant in Davao City. 

Department of Health 11 regional office (DOH 11) in a statement said the two new Delta variant cases were  a 47-year- old male who was  discharged on July 19. As of July 30, he was transported and isolated in a Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF) with pending RT-PCR test results.The other identified case is a 36-year- old female who was discharged on July 21 and was also transported and isolated pending RT-PCR test results on July 29. 

The two new Delta variants were based on the July 29 report of the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center’s (UP-PGC) Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS). In same report, also detected were 48 cases of Alpha variant and 128 cases of Beta variant.

The results were from 593 specimens sent on July 1, July 8, and July 15 to  UP-PGC.

Cases of variants of concern detected in Davao Region totalled to 265, DOH 11 said. 

Currently, the DOH – Davao Center for Health Development has submitted a total of 2,062 specimens at UP-PGC-WGS. 

The usual turn-around time for the results is about 2 weeks to a month, the statement said.

The DOH reiterated its call to all Local Government Units (LGUs) in the region to strengthen the quarantine protocols, testing and isolation.

Health authorities also urged the public to strictly adhere to stricter minimum public health standards and continue to avoid enclosed spaces and mass gatherings to halt the transmission of Covid-19 and further prevent the emergence of new variants.

They also encouraged everyone to get vaccinated and make sure to complete the two doses at the prescribed interval for added protection against the deadly virus.

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