Bacoor closely monitoring at least 30 COVID-19 cases amid Delta fear

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — The local government of Bacoor, Cavite is monitoring at least 30 cases of COVID-19 after the Delta variant was detected in two residents from separate areas.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday, Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla said Bacoor has detected two index Delta variant cases in Addas 2C Village and El Grande in the town of Molino.

The LGU immediately conducted contact tracing and swab testing, she said.

Seventeen residents are considered suspect Delta cases in Addas 2C, after the index patient first tested positive for the highly transmissible variant, according to the mayor.

The index patient remains positive for COVID-19, she added.

Meanwhile, the index Delta patient from El Grande already tested negative for COVID-19, but 12 close contacts reportedly yielded positive results.

Mercado-Revilla said Bacoor has implemented granular lockdowns in the affected areas to control the spread of the virus. Patients are also undergoing quarantine in their respective facilities, she said.

"Block lockdowns po and street lockdowns ang ginawa po namin sa area na ito (We are doing block lockdowns and street lockdowns in these areas) and so far we are continuously isolating those who are testing positive," Mercado-Revilla said.

"We are not allowing home quarantines anymore because of this Delta variant within the vicinity of Addas 2C and so with El Grande in Molino 6," she added.

Bacoor is coordinating with the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Financial assistance is also being provided to areas under granular lockdown, according to the LGU.

As of July 26, the city government has recorded 10,985 COVID-19 cases, with 565 active cases and 368 deaths.