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MANILA, June 19 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health stressed the need for uniform border controls Saturday as authorities sought to keep away the more transmissible Delta coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant first detected in virus-ravaged India.

In a public press briefing, Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said this method worked in detecting 13 COVID-positive Filipino seafarers who had caught the variant.

“Ang pinakaimportante is our border control. Kailangan po pare-pareho ang ipatupad accross the regions at kung ano ang inirerekomenda natin base sa advice ng ating experts, ipatupad natin nang maayos,” said Vergeire.

“Nakikita nating gumagana ang ating protocols dahil ang 13 na taong may Indian variants na na-detect sa bansa na-detect natin ‘yan through protocols in the broders so sana ituloy natin itong mahigpit na border control para ma-prevent natin na it reaches our community,” Vergeire said.

(What’s important is our border control. We need them uniformly inplemented across the regions and we also have to implement recommendations based on the advice of our experts. We saw this work when we detected 13 cases of the Indian variant, so we hope that we continue strict border controls to prevent it from reaching communities.)

The Delta variant increased the number of COVID-19 cases in some western countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. Among notable observations among people who have caught the more transmissible variant are higher rates of hospitalization and prolonged confinement.

But Vergeire said there needs to be more “sufficient” evidence to establish these observations.

“Ang iba pong naoobserbahan, mas prone ang patient na maospital. Meron din pong sinasabi na mas may sakit, tumatagal ang kanilang ospital at ang kaniyang inflammatory markers ay tumataas,” Vergeire said.  (MNS)

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