(Eagle News) — The government of Laguna on Tuesday, July 27, confirmed 18 Delta variant cases had been detected in the province.
Governor Ramil Hernandez said it takes two to three weeks to know the type of variant a patient has so it was possible the patients would recover or would be cleared before the results are released.
“Subalit hindi pa rin nawawala ang posibilidad na sila ay maaaring nakahawa bago na-test at na-clear, lalo kung nagkaroon ng exposure at close contact,” he said.
As such, he said everyone, including those fully vaccinated, should still exercise the necessary precautions.
He said people should avoid crowded places, wear masks, follow social distancing measures, and wash hands.
“Patuloy po ang pagbabantay na ating ginagawa para sa pagsugpo ng COVID-19,” he said.
Laguna is near Cavite province, which has reported a Delta variant case as well.
On Tuesday, July 27, the Bacoor government said eight members of the household of a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 Delta variant had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier, the Department of Health confirmed the local transmission of the highly transmissible Delta variant in the Philippines.
The DOH has said the variant could be up to 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant.
It said a Delta variant-positive person can infect up to eight people.
That’s as opposed to an Alpha variant-positive person who can infect three to four people.