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Phl logs 339 new Delta variant cases



The Department of Health (DoH) on Wednesday reported a total of 339 additional Delta variant cases, bringing the total caseload to 3,366.

In a virtual media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said out of the 748 samples that underwent genome sequencing, 339 or 45.9 percent turned out positive for the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Vergeire added that out of the 633 additional cases that turned positive for variants of concern, 186 are Beta variant cases, 98 are Alpha variant cases, nine are P.3 variant cases, and one is a Gamma variant case.

Overall, there are now a total of 2,920 Beta variant cases in the country, followed by 2,559 Alpha variant cases, and 461 cases of P.3 variant.

There are also a total of three Gamma variant cases and one Lambda variant.

“Among the 633 new cases, 609 are local cases, 17 are returning overseas Filipinos, and seven are still being verified if local or returning overseas Filipinos,” Vergeire said.

She added that, of the additional cases, 616 are tagged as recovered, 10 are deaths, five are active cases, while two are still being verified.

The DoH urged the public to adhere to minimum public health standards, and voluntarily isolate if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

The agency also encouraged the eligible population to get vaccinated to avoid severe Covid-19, hospitalizations and deaths.

So far, a total of 20,583,580 individuals are now fully vaccinated. This is equivalent to 26.68 percent of the target population.

Partially vaccinated individuals are now at 23,777,705.

In the National Capital Region, 7,081,010 are now fully vaccinated. This is equivalent to 72.43 percent of the target population.