Wed. May 18th, 2022

Health authorities have detected 466 additional cases of the more transmissible Delta variant for a total tally of 1,273, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Monday.

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However, 457 Delta variant cases were tagged as recovered, one is still active, and eight cases have died.

Of the additional variant cases, 442 are local cases, 14 are returning overseas Filipino (ROF), and 10 cases are currently being verified if local or ROF cases.

In a statement, the DOH said that aside from the Delta variant, there were also new confirmed cases of the Alpha variant (90), Beta (105), and Theta (41), based on the latest whole-genome sequencing report by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health.

Of the 442 local cases, 201 cases had indicated addresses in the National Capital Region (NCR), while 69 cases are from Central Luzon, seven in Cagayan Valley, 49 in Calabarzon, 14 in Mimaropa, four in the Bicol Region, 52 in Western Visayas, 19 in Central Visayas, six in Northern Mindanao, 11 in Davao Region, seven in Soccsksargen, and three in the Ilocos Region.

Among the new 90 Alpha variant cases detected, 89 were local cases, while one is currently being verified as either local or ROF cases.

Based on the case line list, one case is still active, one died, and 88 cases have been tagged as recovered.

To date, cases of the Alpha variant, first detected in the UK, are at 2,322.

For the 105 Beta variant cases, 101 are local cases and four ROFs — four cases have died, 99 have recovered, and two are under verification.

The total Beta variant cases are now at 2,588.

The 41 additional P.3 variant cases are all local cases, with all but one already recovered.


In an online briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire also reported that no additional case of the Lambda variant, first seen in Peru, has been detected.

“For the lambda variant, a report was given to us today that identified close contacts tested negative for Covid-19,” she said in Filipino.

The country’s first Lambda case was a 35-year-old female, confirmed on Aug. 15.

“The Department of Health is continuously coordinating with our local governments to trace and test all of the contacts and determine the transmission of the identified variant of interest,” she said.

The World Health Organization has not classified the Lambda variant as a variant of concern.

For now, it remains a variant of interest.

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