PH detects 337 new cases from COVID-19 variants

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 25) – The country has detected 337 new COVID-19 variant cases, the Department of Health reported on Sunday.

The new infections came from four COVID-19 variants, based on the genome sequencing of the DOH, the Philippine Genome Center, and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health.

Over half of the new variant infections, or 179 cases, are from the Beta variant, raising the total national case tally of the Beta variant, also known as B.1.351, to 2,019.

The DOH said 168 of the new Beta variant infections in the country are local transmissions while four are from returning overseas Filipinos. The remaining seven new Beta variant cases are yet to be identified as local cases or from ROFs.

The DOH added that of the new B.1.351 cases, two are still active, one has died, and 175 have recovered.

Meanwhile, 55 additional cases of the more infectious Delta variant were detected, bringing the total to 119.

The DOH said 37 of the new Delta variant infections are local cases, 17 are from ROFs, while one case is still for verification.

Of the 37 new local Delta cases, 14 are from Calabarzon, eight from Northern Mindanao, six have indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, six from Central Luzon, two from the Davao Region, and one from the Ilocos Region.

One patient from the 55 new Delta variant cases in the country has died, while the 54 other cases have been tagged as recoveries.

"With the establishment of the local transmission of the Delta variant, we need a swifter implementation of our response strategies," the agency said.

On the other hand, the DOH detected 94 new local infections of the Alpha variant, bringing the total to 1,775.

Eighty-seven of the new Alpha variant cases in the country are from local transmissions, one case is from an ROF, while six are still for verification.

Of the new Alpha variant cases, 91 have already recovered while two patients have died. There is one lone active case.

The DOH also reported nine additional P.3 variant cases, adding that all are local cases and that they have all recovered.