Official Press Release of DOH CHD Caraga dated June 4, 2021 on the Detected 21 New COVID-19 Variants in Caraga Region
The Department of Health Center for Health Development
Caraga reports today, the 21 new COVID-19 Variant cases in the region based on the latest results of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) received from the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center.
Of the samples sent, thirteen (13) samples tested positive for B.1.351 (first detected in South Africa), seven (7) for B.1.1.7 (first detected in UK) and one (1) for P.3 (first detected in the Philippines). New COVID-19 Variants in Caraga Region
The confirmed B.1.351 cases are locals of the following areas:
Bislig City (7),
Lianga, SDS (4),
Cortes, SDS (1)
and Tandag City (1).
While the confirmed B.1.1.7 cases are from
Barobo, Surigao Del Sur (2),
Butuan City (2),
Esperanza, ADS (1),
Lianga, SDS (1) and
Madrid, SDS (1).
The confirmed P.3 variant case
Is a resident of Tandag City.
Initial investigation showed that among these twenty-one (21) variant cases. Thirteen (13) have no travel history outside their area and eight ( 8 ) are close contacts of previously confirmed cases.
Currently, out of the twenty-one (21), eighteen (18 ) are already asymptomatic and back to their normal daily routine. While one (1) is still recovering at home.
Two (2) cases with the B.1.351 variant died while admitted in the hospital. One (1) from Bislig City and another from Cortes, SDS.
The concerned local health authorities, in close coordination with DOH CHD-Caraga. Are currently implementing mandatory quarantine and control measures including rigorous tracing of the 1st – 3rd generation close contacts. And re-swabbing of confirmed cases with COVID-19 variants, per DOH DM 2021-0128.
“With the increasing cases and continuous emergence of COVID-19 variants of concern in the region. We are appealing to the Caraganons to strictly adhere to the health protocols and minimum public health standards. We also strongly encourage immediate vaccine uptake once the vaccines are available to your respective priority eligible group. Let us remember that by following these health measures, transmission across population and further mutation of COVID-19 can be prevented. So, let us continue to be vigilant and work together to end this pandemic.” – Regional Director Cesar Cassion commented.
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