PHOTO CAPTION: The Delta variant of COVID-19 is characterized by a heavier viral load that is more infective than the other earlier variants of the disease. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of MD Anderson Cancer Center)
ILOILO CITY–Iloilo City now officially has an active Delta variant coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case after a 30-year old man from Mandurriao district was found to have the more infective variation of the killer disease.
This was confirmed by no less than Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas based on reports from the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU).
“This is an active case from Mandurriao who tested positive on July 9, and continues to be positive during repeat testing on July 23,” the city chief executive averred.
The 30-year old man first underwent swab testing at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) after showing influenza-like symptoms.
A swab sample was then sent to the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) at UP Diliman for genome sequencing due to its unusually high viral load.
Earlier today, the CESU received the genome sequencing test results through an e-mail message from the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau.
The man does not have a travel history and is not in close contact with anyone in the workplace. He is also yet to get vaccinated.
His wife was swabbed on July 12 and also tested positive for the virus.
The couple was placed on strict home quarantine from today, but other reports say they have already been brought to an isolated quarantine facility owned by the city. Fortunately, their three minor children all tested negative for COVID-19 and are now placed in the care of their close relatives.
Treñas has already ordered a lockdown of the couple’s house and workplace. ‘Extensive contact tracing’ is now underway, with his co-workers soon to undergo RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing.
“As this is a Delta variant case, we will transfer the case to a separate quarantine facility so we can fully monitor him,” Treñas quipped.
“We just ask for everyone’s cooperation as we are doing everything we can to contain its possible spread, including aggressive contact tracing and intensified testing,” the city mayor added even as he advises everyone to strictly adhere to minimum health protocols at all times.
Meanwhile, the city’s first Delta variant case is symptomatic; he can’t taste nor smell anything.
This, according to the barangay captain of a village in Mandurriao where the patient resides.
It was reported that the man is the manager of a company based in Molo.
His 31-year old wife, who also tested positive for COVID-19, also has lost her sense of taste and smell. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)