MANILA, Philippines — 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) has reported the detection of 182 Delta variant cases, 41 Alpha variant cases, 66 Beta variant cases, 40 P.3 variant cases, and the first case of the Lambda (C.37) variant of interest in the latest batch of whole-genome sequencing.
A statement released by the DOH on Sunday (August 15) said the latest sequencing run also included repeat samples that were sequenced on July 28 and were initially determined to have no lineage.
Delta variant cases:
Of the additional 182 Delta variant cases, 112 are local cases and 36 are Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF). Thirty-four cases, on the other hand, are currently being verified on whether they are local or ROF cases.
Of the 112 local cases, 42 cases had indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, while 36 cases had indicated addresses in Central Luzon.
Eight cases are reportedly from CALABARZON, six from MIMAROPA, six from Northern Mindanao, four from Central Visayas, three from the Davao Region, three from Caraga, two cases from Western Visayas, and one case each from the Cordillera Administrative Region and BARMM, the statement said.
The report said one of the cases is still active, while 176 have been tagged to have recovered from the highly contagious disease.
Four cases, on the other hand, have died and one case has an outcome that is still being verified, it added.
All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices.
This update brings the total Delta variant cases to 807, the DOH said.
Alpha variant cases:
The health department also reported that of the additional 41 Alpha variant cases detected, 38 were local, one an ROF, and two are still being verified.
The DOH added that two cases have died, 36 cases have been tagged as recovered, and three cases have outcomes that are being verified.
With the recent update, the total Alpha variant cases are now 2,232.
Beta variant cases:
The DOH data further showed that the additional 66 Beta variant cases are comprised of 56 local cases and ten still undergoing verification.
Two Beta variant cases have died, 63 have been tagged as recovered, and one is still being verified.
After verification, the total Beta variant cases are now at 2,483, the DOH added.
P.3 variant cases:
Meanwhile, 37 of the 40 additional P.3 variant cases were found to be of local transmission, while three are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases.
All cases have been tagged as recovered, the health department said.
Lambda variant case:
The single case of the Lambda variant is reportedly a 35-year old female and is currently being validated as to whether she is a local or ROF case.
The DOH said the case was asymptomatic and tagged as Recovered after undergoing the 10-day isolation period.
“Regardless of the presence of any variant of concern, the DOH reiterates to the public the strict adherence to the minimum public health standards, strengthened PDITR, and vaccination strategies remain effective,” the statement said.
“Active case finding, aggressive contact tracing, and immediate isolation/quarantine can also lower the transmission of the COVID-19 and its variants,” it added.
The DOH also reminds the public to take care of their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It added that the Mental Health Crisis Hotline of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) is open 24/7 at 09663514518 or 09178998727 for Globe/TM subscribers and at 09086392672 for Smart/TnT/Sun subscribers.