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DOH detects 8 more active COVID-19 Delta variant

Residents wearing face masks as protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) queue for vaccines, at the Barangay Sucat Covered Court, in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines, June 21, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported eight more cases of the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 35.


In a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said of the eight new cases, four were detected in Cagayan de Oro, one each in Manila and Misamis Oriental, and two are returning overseas Filipinos.

They all remain asymptomatic, she added.

“When we look closely at these cases, almost all of them have high CT (cycle threshold) value, indicating a low viral load and therefore most likely they are no longer infectious. But their RT-PCR was positive so we needed to quarantine them again or isolate them again and we will closely monitor them,” Vergeire said.

On Monday, the DOH reported three fatalities for the Delta variant that was first detected in India. The latest was a 78-year-old unvaccinated woman with no travel history from Baybay, Antique.

She was initially tagged as recovered, but after validation, it showed that the patient has died last May 30.


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