PHOTO CAPTION: In Aklan, LGUs were advised to initiate aggressive contact tracing and re-swabbing of Delta variant cases, even though tagged as fully recovered from COVID-19./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–As COVID-19 Delta variant cases were recently detected in Aklan, local government units have been advised to conduct aggressive tracing and isolation of suspected contacts of the 21 local cases detected among 58 specimens sent for whole genome sequencing at the Philippine Genome Center in the first week of August by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.
Five cases were eventually tagged to Kalibo, three to Numancia, two cases each to New Washington, Malinao, Banga, Ibajay, and Madalag, and one case each to Tangalan, Nabas, and Makato.
The Delta variant first emerged in 2020 in India and quickly spread around the world. It is now the dominant strain in the United States.
Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. has reminded the public to never stop observing health standards such as social distancing and wearing of face masks especially when indoors. He also advised residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Cumulatively, Aklan has seen 11,337 confirmed cases and 276 deaths, according to the most recent statistics of the Provincial Health Office.
In the province, COVID-19 is deadliest among those aged 60 years and above, accounting for 64 percent of all deaths; those in the 21-59 age group, meanwhile, accounted for 34 percent.
AKLAN’S DELTA CASES
The reported Delta fatality in Nabas, Aklan, was a 92-year old patient with preexisting health conditions who died from COVID-19 complications while admitted to the hospital.
In Kalibo, a 30-year old resident of Brgy. Poblacion working as a nurse in a private hospital was infected with the variant despite having had no travel history nor established contact with a COVID-positive individual. She, however, had received the vaccine before her infection.
The other case from the same barangay is a 39-year old person who is unvaccinated.
In Tangalan, a 23-year old nurse from Brgy. Tondog tested positive on July 28 but has since then recovered.
Five cases were detected in barangays Andagao, Poblacion, Bakhaw Norte, and Pook, with the patients ranging in age between 11 and 89. Four of them were tagged as recovered on August 4 while the remaining one was deemed on the mend on August 12.
In Ibajay, two individuals from barangays Poblacion and Bugtong Bato who contracted the variant have also since recovered./(Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)