PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur (MindaNews / September 17) – The Caraga region has recorded 39 cases of COVID-19 variants of concern based on samples sent last month to the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center for sequencing , the Department of Health Center for Health Development-Caraga announced Friday.
The Delta variant tops the list with 32 cases, followed by the Alpha variant, three cases, the Beta variant, 3 cases, and the P.3 variant, one case.
Surigao del Sur recorded the highest number of delta variant cases (12), six in the town of Carmen, two in each of the towns of Tandag and Lanuza, and one in each of the towns of Carrascal and Madrid.
Agusan del Sur has recorded eight cases of the Delta variant, seven in the city of San Francisco and one in the city of Bayugan.
Seven cases of the Delta variant were found in Agusan del Norte, three in the city of Las Nieves and one each in the city of Cabadbaran and in the cities of Las Nieves, Carmen, Kitcharao and Nasipit.
The city of Butuan, the regional capital, had four cases while one was detected in Tubod, Surigao del Norte.
Of the three cases of the Alpha variant, two came from the city of Butuan and one from Rosario, Agusan del Sur.
Two of the three beta variant cases were from the town of Cabadbaran and one from the town of Bislig in Surigao del Sur. The only case of the P.3 variant came from the city of Butuan.
DOH-Caraga said 56% of the cases were close contacts of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 based on RT-PCR tests, and 54% of them were not vaccinated.
As of Friday, 34 of the cases had recovered, two still had mild symptoms and three had died.
âWith the detection of more Delta and other worrisome variants in the region, we will not hesitate to remind everyone to actively participate in helping us end this pandemic. With or without variants, our management and our measures are always the same â, declared DOH-Caraga.
He added that people should always adhere to minimum health protocols, strengthen their immune systems and get vaccinated, DOH-Caraga regional director Dr Cesar Cassion said. (Chris V. Panganiban / MindaNews)