MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus has been detected in all Metro Manila areas, the Department of Health said Friday, as the capital region marked its first day back under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“All National Capital Region areas now have a local Delta case,” DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a briefing.

According to Vergeire, 83 of the 116 newly reported Delta variant cases came from Metro Manila.

Pateros and Malabon were also classified as critical-risk areas for COVID-19 due to their high moving two-week case growth rate, moving average daily attack rate, and bed occupancy rate.

All other areas in Metro Manila were classified as high-risk except for Caloocan and Marikina, which were categorized as moderate-risk.

Aside from Pateros and Malabon, Quezon City also registered a high bed utilization rate of 71.32% as of August 4.

Areas with a high-risk intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate were Quezon City, San Juan, Makati, Muntinlupa, and Las Piñas.

The DOH has placed eight areas in Metro Manila under Alert Level 4 over rising COVID-19 transmission and a high bed utilization rate.

Other cases

Meanwhile, Vergeire said the other newly reported local Delta variant cases were from Regions 1, 2, 4A, 7, 9, and 11. One is a returning overseas Filipino and 20 other cases are still undergoing verification.

Earlier, the DOH said all 116 new cases have recovered from COVID-19, but their current status is being verified again.

Fifty-five percent or 64 of the new infections are male, and all cases belonged to the five to 79 years old age group.

Authorities are still confirming the vaccination status of the latest Delta variant cases.

Metro Manila will be under ECQ, the strictest lockdown classification, until August 20 to curb the spread of the Delta variant.(MNS)

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