KALIBO, Aklan–Today, the Department of Health (DOH) validated what Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores suspected all along: that the alarming speed of community transmission of COVID-19 in the province was due to the presence of the Delta variant, a highly transmissible, if not more deadly, modification of the coronavirus.
Based on the genome sequencing results released by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center, Aklan province has 21 cases of the variant also known as lineage B.1.617.2.
Of the said cases, five were from Kalibo, three from Numancia, and two each were from Madalag, Malinao, Banga, Ibajay, and New Washington.
Makato, Nabas, and Tangalan reported one case each of the Delta variant.
All the Delta variant cases have already been classified as recovered except for one fatality.
Health authorities are now conducting case investigations and backtracing of the confirmed cases.
Aside from the Delta cases, other variants were also detected in Aklan, including one Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) case, four Beta variant (B.1.351) cases, and three Theta variant (P.3) cases as of August 18.
Aklan has a 1.48 percent case fatality rate, which is lower than the national CFR of 1.74 percent and 2.40 percent in the region.
There were clustering of cases from August 7 to August 20 in Kalibo, which had 176 cases, Banga with 110, Makato with 65, New Washington with 62, Numancia with 58, Batan with 54, Altavas with 52, Malay with 46, Ibajay with 44, and Malinao with 40.
Aklan is still at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 along with the provinces of Capiz and Antique. The provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras, and Iloilo City, meanwhile, are placed under Alert Level 4.
Western Visayas has a cumulative total of 96,962 confirmed cases, 2,330 deaths, and 10,973 active infections as of August 22. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)