Man from Molo added to Iloilo City’s list of Delta variant-positive patients

ILOILO CITY–Another case was added to Iloilo City’s growing list of COVID-19 Delta variant patients as a man from Molo district recently tested positive for the more infectious variation of the deadly virus.

This was confirmed yesterday by the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU).

The latest addition to the Delta variant list brings to 23 the total number of city residents infected by the said virus strain.

This led Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas to again remind city Ilonggos not to be lax in observing health protocols and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“We really have to treat everyone now with symptoms as COVID-positive and a Delta variant carrier. Let us not be lax in observing the minimum health protocols even with our families or close friends. And most importantly, get vaccinated,” the city chief executive quipped.

The specimen of the Molo resident was collected for genome sequencing by the Philippine Genome Center last August 24.

The said patient will again be subjected to RT-PCR testing together with his close contacts, and all must go on home quarantine until their test results are out. However, as soon as they test negative, they will be permitted to break quarantine.

Meanwhile, the latest COVID-19 Regional Case Bulletin No. 542 released by the Department of Health’s Center for Health Development here in Western Visayas pegs Iloilo City’s active cases at 2,300, third among the region’s provinces and highly urbanized cities. Iloilo Province still leads the list with 6,592 active cases; Negros Occidental is second with 3,132.

The city also ranks third in the number of recoveries from COVID-19 with 16,599 behind Iloilo Province’s 22,474 and Negros Occidental’s 22,026.

As for fatalities from the virus, it also is third on the list with 495 deaths, next to Iloilo Province’s 710 and Negros Occidental’s 511. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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