Surigao del Sur still free of COVID-19 Delta variant – local health office | Inquirer News
Close  

Surigao del Sur still free of COVID-19 Delta variant – local health office

/ 12:39 AM September 12, 2021

Rights group slam AFP action in Surigao del Sur, seeks int’l bodies intervention

BAROBO, Surigao del Sur, Philippines — The entire province is so far free of the COVID-19 Delta variant, according to a statement issued on Saturday by the Provincial Health Office.

ADVERTISEMENT

This followed a report from the Department of Health (DOH) in the Caraga region about a 26-year-old woman in this town whose swab sample showed she was infected with the Delta variant based on the result of genome sequencing.

The unvaccinated woman returned here from a trip to Metro Manila last July 10.

FEATURED STORIES

After the genome sequencing result was known, the woman was placed under quarantine again. She then had another RT-PCR test that yielded a negative result.

Her first-generation close contacts were also identified, quarantined, and swabbed for an RT-PCR test. All the contacts yielded negative results.

In a separate statement, Barobo municipal government’s COVID-19 response unit said the Barobo woman who had tested positive for the Delta variant was not necessarily in town during her “infectious period.”

“Do not worry, we remain safe from Delta,” the statement added.

Last Aug. 16, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media briefing that all regions in the country had Delta variant cases except the Caraga Region.

She clarified that the three Filipinos from overseas who were earlier reported to be infected with the Delta variant were not local cases.

Despite the absence of the Delta variant in the region, Caraga health officials were not about to let their guard down.

“With the inevitable threat of the Delta variant and other variants of concern, we are escalating our efforts to speed up the vaccination program especially to our most vulnerable population”, said Dr. Cesar C. Cassion, chief of the Caraga office of the Department of Health.

atm

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: COVID-19 Delta variant, Surigao del Sur COVID-19 cases
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.