DOH Confirms Local Transmission Of Delta COVID-19 Variant In PH

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The DOH confirmed the local transmission of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.

On Thursday, the Department of Health (DOH) had confirmed the local transmission of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.

The DOH confirmed the local transmission of the Delta COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.

In a statement, the Department of Health said that clusters of Delta COVID-19 variant cases were seen to be linked to other local COVID-19 cases.

Following the phylogenetic analysis conducted by the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center, and case investigation by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau and the regional and local epidemiology and surveillance units, clusters of Delta variant cases were seen to be linked to other local cases, therefore, exhibiting local transmission,” the DOH said in a statement.

The DOH had recently announced 12 new local cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant, bringing the total number of confirmed Delta variant cases to 47. It also cited the need for the national and local government to continuously enforce strict border control measures and to intensify local COVID-19 responses.

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The government assured that it will continue increasing the healthcare capacity in the country amidst the possible surge in coronavirus cases.

[It] has been ensuring that there are enough COVID-19-dedicated ward, ICU (intensive care unit), and TTMF (temporary treatment and monitoring facilities) beds in the country, especially in areas experiencing case spikes. The government is also preparing for enough supplies of COVID-19 medicines, oxygen tanks, and critical care equipment in hospitals and augmentation of human resources,” the DOH said.

The local government units (LGUs) were also encouraged to further strengthen their respective COVID-19 responses. Likewise, the DOH advised the public to strictly adhere to the health protocols.

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