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The Philippines Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) today report the detection of 279 additional Delta (B.1.617.2) variant cases.

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Of the additional 279 Delta variant cases, 245 are local cases, 21 are Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), and 13 cases are currently being verified if these are local or ROF cases.

Of the 245 local cases, 17 cases had indicated addresses in the Ilocos Region, while 17 cases had indicated addresses in Cagayan Valley, 24 cases in Central Luzon, 35 cases in CALABARZON, nine cases in MIMAROPA, 19 cases in Bicol Region, three cases in Western Visayas, five cases in Central Visayas, 14 cases in Eastern Visayas, one case in Zamboanga Peninsula, 22 cases in Northern Mindanao, 10 cases in Davao Region, five cases in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, 13 cases in Cordillera Administrative Region, and 51 cases in the National Capital Region.

Based on the case line list, two cases are still active, eight cases have died, 267 cases have been tagged as recovered, while the outcome of two cases are being verified. All other details are being validated by the regional and local health offices.

The total Delta variant cases are now 2,068.

Health officials recorded 22,415 new confirmed cases Monday and 103 additional fatalities. The cumulative total in the country is now 2,103,331 infections since the start of the pandemic last year, including 34,337 deaths.

The Philippines recorded its highest number of cases last September 1, 2021 and consequently breached two million COVID-19 cases on the same date. With the sustained increase in the detection of Delta variant cases, the DOH strongly reiterates to the public the strict adherence to the minimum public health standards as a crucial support to vaccination efforts to prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 and its variants.