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PHO: ‘No active case of Delta variant in Batangas’

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By Joenald Medina Rayos

BATANGAS City – There is no active case of the highly contagious Delta variant of the deadly corona virus disease in the province of Batangas, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (PIATF-EID) clarified Monday, July 26.

“Para sa kaalaman ng ating mga kababayan, ang napabalitang Delta variant sa lalawigan ng Batangas ay recovered nab ago umuwi sa kanyang bayan sa Batangas. Tinapos nya ang kanyang quarantine period sa accredited facility na itinalaga ng Bureau of Quarantine at sumailalim sa repeat RT-PCR Test kung saan ang kaniyang resulta ay negatibo (For the information of the public, the reported case of Delta variant in the province of Batangas is a recovered case before he went home to his residence in Batangas. He has already completed his quarantine period in an accredited facility identified by the Bureau of Quarantine and has undergone repeat RT-PCR Test where he was tested negative),” Ozaeta said in an official statement.

Meanwhile, Dr. Arlina B. Magboo, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Health clarified that there is no so much reason to be scared of the said case as the recovered overseas Filipino worker has not transmitted the variant to any of his direct contact when he went home last month of May.

After his negative result in the repeat RT-PCR Test following his quarantine period in a facility in Nasugbu town, he once again observed another quarantine period at home and only after a couple of months that the Philippine Genome Center confirmed that his infection was a case of Delta variant.

“The recovered patient should have already left the country on this last week of July, but his departure was rescheduled on the first week of August 2021,” Magboo said.

Dr. Ozaeta, however, assured the public that there was no local transmission yet of the variant in the province, reason why the provincial government is continuously appealing for strict adherence to minimum public health standards of handwashing, physical distancing and wearing of mask, and be vaccinated.| – BNN

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