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Delta cases alarm Benguet



LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — As the Department of Health (DoH) confirmed the presence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant in Benguet province, Governor Melchor Daguines Diclas has called on the Health Cluster of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) to strengthen the province’s defense system against the virus.

The Health department reported four Delta variant cases in the province and confirmed that two of the cases were from La Trinidad, and one each from Buguias and Tuba.

The cases from Buguias — a 34-year-old male and one from La Trinidad, a 32-year-old male, are still recovering while one has recovered and the other died.

The lone fatality is a 56-year-old male from La Trinidad who was admitted to a local hospital on 7 August 2021 and reportedly died on 12 August 2021.

Contact-tracing for the said cases are now ongoing.

The Provincial Health Office (PHO), on the other hand, noticed doubling of Covid-19 cases in the province.

On 27 August 2021, there were 90 new cases reported bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 605 and based on the situational report of the DoH, the bed capacity of hospitals in Benguet is at 85 percent.

The provincial government stated that those who are below 15 years old, over 65 years old, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, or other health risks, and pregnant women are strictly not allowed to go out of their residences per guidelines. Non-essential travels are also being discouraged.

Police at the border checkpoints are tasked to continuously implement strictly the “no negative RT-PCR test or proof of being fully-vaccinated, no entry” for non-Benguet residents.

Diclas already called a meeting for the members of the Benguet PIATF on 1 September to further discuss the province’s Covid-19 response and reminded the public to strictly adhere to the minimum public health standards and to avoid going out if not necessary.