MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) –The Philippines on Friday reported its first 11 local cases of the more transmissible Delta coronavirus variant, two of which are in Metro Manila.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 16 new Delta variant cases were detected in the latest genome sequencing run, composed of five returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and 11 local cases.

Vergeire said that out of the 11 local cases, two were detected in Metro Manila. One of the two cases died after being rushed to the hospital on June 28, while the other had recovered from COVID-19.

Six other Delta variant cases were detected in Region 10 and are part of a “large cluster of cases” with dates on onset of illness ranging from June 23 to 28. All patients have recovered, Vergeire said.

One local case was tested for COVID-19 in Metro Manila but has an address in Region 3. The patient has also recovered.

The last two local cases were both detected in Region 6. They have also recovered from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, out of the five ROF cases, one arrived in the Philippines from the United Kingdom on April 26 and has been tagged as recovered after undergoing a 14-day quarantine.

Another two ROF cases arrived from Qatar on June 15 and have also recovered from COVID-19.

Vergeire said the DOH was still verifying the arrival date and quarantine status of the last two ROF cases.  (MNS)

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