Delta overtakes Alpha in Baguio cases as of Nov 7

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Delta variant now tops the city’s list of known Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variants of concern (VOCs) in Baguio City.

In the latest biosurveillance report of the Philippine Genome Center dated Nov. 7, 2021, 18 new results were added and all were Delta variant cases.

This brought to 124 the total detected Delta cases outnumbering Alpha and Beta with 116 and 52, respectively.

All in all, the city has 292 VOCs detected as of said date.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said the specimens of the 18 newly detected cases were collected from Oct. 15-18 and all of the patients had already recovered.

Since Aug. 28, the PGC had been reporting more Delta cases in the city proving the more virulent variant’s dominance in the city which battled the surge in cases for one month and three weeks before realizing a downtrend.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said there are actually more Delta cases than in the city what was reported by the PGC.

PGC’s findings were only for surveillance and not for diagnostic purposes so the number it releases does not reflect the actual volume of the variant cases in the city, the mayor said.  – Aileen P. Refuerzo

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