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MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Genome Center (PGC) on Saturday said there is already a community transmission of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the country.

“Para sa amin sa Philippine Genome Center, mayroon ng community transmission ng Delta variant sa bansa. Marami nang kaso na hindi alam kung saan nagmula,” PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Saloma said.

“Sa aking palagay, may kinalaman ang Delta variant sa pagtaas ng mga kaso ng COVID-19,” she added.

Interviewed during the Laging Handa public briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire agreed that based on the samples and results coming from the PGC there is an apparent community transmission of the Delta variant already.

“Mukhang ‘yan po talaga ang pinapakita na that community transmission is there,” she said.

“But as I always say, mula pa noong umpisa we treat this as if there is community transmission at ‘yon na po ang mga aksyon na ginagawa natin,” Vergeire said.

Nonetheless, the Health official said there is a need for enough evidence “so we can officially declare.”

“Government has already pursued actions when it comes to this transmission level sa ating bansa (in our country) at ‘yun na ang naging aksyon natin mula pa noong umpisa (and that were our actions since the beginning),” Vergeire said.

The Delta variant which originated in India is still the primary threat in the country despite the detection of the Lambda variant, originally from Peru, in the country, the OCTA Research group said earlier this week.

The Philippines on Friday logged a new all-time high 17,231 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,807,800.

The previous highest daily increase was at 15,310 on April 2.

Total active cases were 123,251; recoveries at 1,653,351; and the death toll at 31,198. (MNS)

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