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Delta still dominant variant in Phl



The Philippines on Monday reported 571 more cases of the highly-transmissible Delta variant, bringing the total caseload in the country to 7,848.

In a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that based on the latest biosurveillance report, out of the 629 samples that underwent genome sequencing, 571 cases or 90.78 percent turned out positive for the Delta variant.

Vergeire said the majority of the newly detected Delta variant cases came from Region 2 with 129 cases, followed by Region 9 with 118 cases, and Cordillera Administrative Region with 85 cases.

“There were five returning overseas Filipino (ROF) samples sequenced; two were coming from the USA, one from Iraq, and one from Kuwait. We are still verifying the country of origin of the last one. These samples all tested positive for the Delta variant,” she said.

She also noted that a total of 22 cases are still currently being verified whether these are local or ROF cases.

Vergeire noted that the country has yet to detect any case of the Omicron variant based on the recent biosurveillance report.

“Most of the detections were that of the Delta variant,” she added.

Of the sequenced samples, only one new Alpha variant case and Beta variant case were added, which covered 0.16 percent of the samples sequenced.