PH confirms 116 new Delta variant cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 5) — The Department of Health on Thursday confirmed the detection of 116 new cases of the Delta coronavirus variant, raising the country's total to 331.

The DOH said all the newly reported infections have been tagged as recovered.

It noted 95 are local cases, one is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF), and the remaining 20 are still being verified.

The majority, or 83, of the local cases had an indicated address in Metro Manila, according to the department.

Meanwhile, four are from Central Visayas, three from Calabarzon, two from Davao Region, and one each from Zamboanga Peninsula, Cagayan Valley, and Ilocos Region.

The DOH also amended its July 29 report, correcting that day’s overall Delta variant case count from 216 to 215. It explained there was a duplicate entry, as one case was found to have been tested in two different laboratories.

The department earlier said it "assumes" there is already community transmission of the highly contagious variant in the country, adding it may be behind the spike in COVID-19 infections.

"While community transmission of the Delta variant is being studied, the national government together with LGUs should act aggressively as if there is already community transmission," it said.

More cases of other variants detected

The latest batch of whole genome sequencing also found 113 new cases of the Alpha variant, the DOH reported.

Two of these succumbed to COVID-19, while 111 have been classified as survivors.

The agency further detailed that 104 are locally acquired, one is an ROF, while the eight others are under verification. There are now a total of 1,968 confirmed Alpha variant cases nationwide.

Those hit with the Beta variant, on the other hand, climbed to 2,268 with 122 more detected -- 104 are local cases, four are ROFs, and 14 are still being verified.

Meanwhile, 10 new P.3 variant cases have been recorded, nine of which are locally acquired, while one is an ROF.

The DOH said all newly announced cases of the Beta and P.3 variants have already recovered.

To date, over 1.6 million people across the country have tested positive for COVID-19, of whom 66,895 or 4.1% are currently ill.