The total number of people infected by the coronavirus in Catanduanes has now reached over 900 cases, with 50 added in the first week of August 2021.
Nineteen (19) new cases were reported on Aug. 3, followed by eight (8) on Aug. 4, three (3) more on Aug. 5, and 20 on Aug. 7, bringing the total to 911 as of Aug. 6, with 92 active cases and 798 recoveries.
As of Sunday, the active cases are in Bagamanoc (19), Virac (27), Bato (10), Pandan (12), Panganiban (6), Gigmoto (5), Viga (4), Caramoran (5), and San Andres (4). Only San Miguel and Baras have no active cases as of said date.
Thirty-eight (38) of them are asymptomatic while 51 have mild symptoms, with two moderate and one severe. Nine are admitted in health facilities while the rest are in quarantine facilities.
The number of fatalities rose by three to 34 over the week, including the 100-year old woman diagnosed with COVID-19 in Virac last week.
According to the Provincial Health Office’s COVID-19 Tracker, 37 of the 50 new cases are close contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases while one had recently traveled from Legazpi City. A 57-year old symptomatic male patient from Virac died and was buried in accordance with health protocols.
Contact tracers have yet to determine the history of exposure of 13 patients.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) last week urged the public to practice health protocols and to get vaccinated.
The appeal came with an urgency as it reported the first two cases of the Delta variant in the Bicol region based on the genomic sequencing result from the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) received by the Bicol Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) on August 5, 2021.
Initial investigation showed the Legazpi City Delta case is linked with a confirmed COVID-19 case from Malilipot, Albay, while the Nabua, Camarines Sur case works in a nearby municipality of Bula in Camarines Sur. The father of the Nabua case also contracted COVID-19, the DOH said.
The Delta Variant also known as B.1.617.2 is first detected in India on October 2020. It is known as the most contagious coronavirus worldwide.
Eleven (11) cases of UK variant (Alpha) and twenty two (22) cases of South African variant (Beta) were also reported in the region last July 21.
The Alpha variant cases are in Camarines Sur (7), Iriga City (1), Naga City (1), Masbate City (1) and Sorsogon City (1) while the Beta variant cases are in Albay (3), Legazpi City (3), Tabaco City (2), Camarines Norte (1), Camarines Sur (8), Naga City (4) and Sorsogon (1).
“With the rate of infection of the Delta and Beta variants, and the local transmission of the Alpha variant in our region, we urge Bicolanos to religiously practice wearing of mask and face shield properly, maintaining physical distancing of 1 meter or more, and doing hand hygiene. Also, it is important to stay at home and be with your family, refrain from attending all forms social gatherings and avoid poorly ventilated rooms,” the DOH stated.
It appealed to the public to immediately isolate when sick, wear mask and seek immediate medical consultation.
“On top of these interventions, it is vital to get oneself vaccinated against COVID-19,” it added. “Health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities must receive their COVID-19 vaccines to protect themselves and their loved ones from severe forms of COVID-19.”