|Hospitals in PH are now in full capacity that they've used the church as a temporary facility for COVID 19 patients. (Photo from Aljazeera)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: The Department of Health on Monday said the Delta has emerged as the most common variant of COVID-19 detected in the Philippines with 319 more cases, PhilStar reported. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a briefing that Delta now accounts for 24.2% of variant cases from the 12,530 samples sent for genome sequencing.
The additional Delta infections came from 374 samples tested on September 18 — 297 of which are local cases, 18 returning Filipinos from overseas, and four still being verified. Vergeire said the low number of samples tested was due to reduced manpower at the Philippine Genome Center after some of its personnel went in quarantine for two weeks. The PGC has a capacity to process 750 per week, a number that officials have admitted is not enough. Last week, it said it would scale down processing COVID-19 tests to focus more on detecting variants.
Apart from the Delta, there were also 13 more cases of the Alpha, or that first seen in the United Kingdom, and nine of the Beta that was first identified in South Africa. Vergeire said there has been a "gradual increase" in the proportion of variant cases detected at the national level since first reporting infections early this year.