The Philippine Ministry of Health said on Friday that the Philippines has confirmed its first death and has spread the more contagious variant of the Delta Coronavirus locally as the country tried to vaccinate nearly 400,000 people on Thursday to increase vaccination. Intensity.
The Deputy Minister of Health Maria Rosario Virgil said at a press conference that of the 16 new COVID-19 cases found to be infected with the Delta variant, 11 were marked as local infections.
Vergeire said that one of the patients with the variant died after being taken to a hospital in the capital Manila on June 28.
Five of the people who tested positive were Filipinos returning from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the United Kingdom.
Of the 11 local transmissions, at least 6 were found in southern Mindanao, 2 in Metro Manila, 1 in central Luzon, and 2 in central Visayas.
We are too slow to implement the travel ban! 16 new cases of COVID-19 Delta variant detected in the Philippines! pic.twitter.com/uVqJg6LPAp
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Previously, Vergeire had warned that the transmission rate of the Delta variant may be 60% higher than that of the Alpha variant. It is said that Alpha transmission can infect 4 to 5 people, while Delta variant carriers can infect up to 8 people.
The Philippine authorities have been working hard to prevent this variant from spreading in the community after causing a surge in infections in the area.
This variant was first discovered in India and is believed to be a key factor in the surge in cases, not just elsewhere in India. Asia-Pacific But also in the UK.
At the same time, the government’s vaccination task force reported on Friday the highest number of injections in a day at least twice this week.
According to Vince Dizon, the chief implementer of vaccination, about 375,000 people received the injection on Monday and 391,000 people received the injection on Thursday.
“Although our supply is not enough, our local government units, provincial governments and the private sector have shown that we can quickly vaccinate many people,” he said.
The government’s goal this year is to achieve herd immunity by vaccinating 58 to 70 million of the country’s 110 million population.
But according to the latest report from the vaccination tracking agency Herd Immunity PH, as of Thursday, less than 10% of people had received the first dose of the vaccine, while 3.67% had been fully vaccinated.
Vaccine trackers say that at this rate, it will take 1.5 years or January 2023 to achieve herd immunity.
So far, the Philippines has received about 22 million COVID vaccines, including 13 million Coxing vaccines from China. The country expects to add 1.5 million doses of Xenoxin on Saturday.
After Indonesia, the Philippines ranks second in the total number of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, with approximately 1.49 million coronavirus infections and more than 26,000 deaths.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Friday that the latest deaths included a four-day-old baby from the northern province of Ilocos province in the north.
The newborn may be the youngest death from COVID in the Philippines. Last Wednesday, three days after he was born, he tested positive. When the pandemic started last year, at least two babies died of the disease, and one 16-day-old baby survived.