Clusters of the highly contagious Delta variant reported in Northern Mindanao and the province of Antique were traced back to  a worker and a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) respectively, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

“Nakita na po natin ‘yung cluster of infection sa Northern Mindanao, nakita po natin na ito ay family cluster. Nakita rin po natin na merong cluster of infection dito sa Antique,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.

One family cluster originated from an individual who came home from work and infected the rest of the household. 

A returning ROF  created another cluster after coming  home to the Philippines after the ROF’s parent’s death. Meanwhile, a person who came from the wake acquired the virus variant and transmitted the virus to other people.

According to Vergeire, other Delta infections were connected to ROFs. . 

The health official  said during an interview with ANC that the DOH was studying how the Delta variant could spread locally.

She added that all incoming travelers are now required to undergo quarantine and Covid-19 testing even if they are vaccinated. 

“Maybe there were breaches [in protocol], maybe there were no assessments when they were discharged. These are the things that we are assuming right now,” she said.

“Patuloy nating pag-aaralan lahat ito… so that we [would] be able to further improve ‘yung strategies na pinapatupad natin so that there won’t be breaches at ma-manage po natin at ma-control ang further spread of this infection,” she added.

The DOH  confirmed last Thursday that a local transmission of the Delta variant has started. 

The country has 47 Delta variant cases with 8 active infections. Ronald Espartinez