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DOH detects Delta variant in Bicol

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The Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) reported cases of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 in the region.

The DOH logged two local cases of the Delta variant, which was first detected in India. Another case of Delta variant was reported from a Returning Overseas Filipino.

One of the Delta cases was detected in Legazpi City and another in Camarines Sur.

“On initial investigation, the Legazpi City Delta case is linked with a confirmed COVID-19 case from Malilipot, Albay. While the Nabua case works in a nearby municipality of Bula in Camarines Sur. The father of the Nabua case also contracted COVID-19,” said the department.

The DOH also confirmed the detection of 11 cases of UK variant (Alpha) and 22 cases of South African variant (Beta) were first reported last July 21, 2021.

A total of 35 Bicolanos are confirmed for the COVID-19 variants of concern.

“With the rate of infection of the Delta and Beta variants, and the local transmission of the Alpha variant in our region, we urge Bicolanos to religiously practice wearing of mask and face shield properly, maintaining physical distancing of 1 meter or more, and doing hand hygiene,” the departments said.

DOH also appealed to the public to immediately isolate when sick, wear mask and seek immediate medical consultation.