On Friday a press conference, the Philippines’ health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 16 new cases  identified of the Delta variant have been found  in the country so far of which 11 are locally transmitted cases.

The Philippines, one of the worst countries from the coronavirus disease Covid-19 in south Asia, the health ministry said ,on Friday recorded its first local cases of the highly infectious delta variant of the virus.

 A press conference on Friday, the Philippines’ health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 16 new cases of the Delta variant have been find  in the country so far of which 11 are locally transmitted cases.

 The remaining five who tested positive for the variant are Filipinos who came back from the United Kingdom , the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. One person succumbed to the variant after being rushed to a hospital in the capital city of Manali on June 28, Vergeire added.

 Philippines are currently  to arrest the spread of the variant as it has led to a recent spike in daily cases and deaths.  On Thursday the country recorded 5,221 new cases while 82 more people succumbed to the viral disease, taking the caseload and death toll to 1,490,665 and 26,314 respectively. On Wednesday, 3,806 cases and 140 deaths were reported. The Philippines currently has the second-highest Covid-19 caseload across South Asia.

The WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday the spread of the variant is leading to an increase in cases and deaths due to the Covid-19.

Apart from the Delta variant, the Philippines also has its own variant of Covid-19 called P.3, which was downgraded by WHO from a variant of interest to an alert for further monitoring,  on Tuesday.  

With regard to vaccination, the Philippines has administered 13,442,299 doses, sufficient for just 6.2 % of its population based on a two-dose regimen, data compiled by Reuters showed on Friday. The country will receive 3.2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during this month from the United States.

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