Philippines update: Delta variants, High risk areas for COVID-19 disease

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Delta variants

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported 12 additional  Delta variant strains today, bringing the total in the country to 47. All the 12 Delta variant cases were local cases – six from Region 3, two from Calabarzon, one from Region 5 with one case, and three from the National Capital Region.

In Zamboanga City, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar on Thursday ordered local security forces to tighten border control, both in land and sea, to prevent the entry of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant.

This came after Department of Health (DOH) reported 16 Delta variant cases in the country last week, 11 of which were reported in Northern Mindanao.

High risk areas for COVID-19

According to OCTA Research, 11 local government units (LGUs) in the country have been identified as high risk for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Based on the data, the high risk areas are Davao City, Cebu City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Makati City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, Baguio City, Taguig City, Laoag City, and the municipality of Mariveles in Bataan.

As far as intensive care units utilization rate, very high levels were recorded in Davao City (91 percent), Iloilo City (99 percent), and Taguig City (92 percent).

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the Philippines has reported 1,530,266 total COVID-19 cases, including 26,891 fatalities.

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