The Philippines on Sunday confirmed an additional 516 cases of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant after authorities extended the second strictest quarantine in Metro Manila to cap a fresh wave of infections.
Of the newly-detected Delta variant cases, 473 are local, 31 are returning overseas Filipinos, while 12 are currently being verified, the Department of Health said. Six of the newly-detected cases are still active, while five have died, and 505 have recovered.
A bulk of the new Delta cases, 114, are in Metro Manila, where the MECQ was extended until Sept. 7. There were 79 cases from Calabarzon, 64 from Central Luzon, 48 from Northern Mindanao, 32 from Cagayan Valley, 24 from Ilocos Region, 23 from Central Visayas, 22 from Davao Region, 20 from Mimaropa and 16 from Bicol Region, 12 from Zamboanga Peninsula, and six from the Cordillera Administrative Region, the DOH said.
All in all, the total number of Delta variant cases detected in the country are now 1,789. Apart from the Delta variant cases, the DOH also detected additional 73 Alpha variant cases, 81 Beta variant cases, and 41 P.3 variant cases.
The Philippines on Saturday recorded 19,441 new cases, a fresh single-day high, that brought the cumulative number of infections since the pandemic began to over 1.9 million.