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‘1 Beta, 9 Delta cases not from Negros Occidental’

Nine persons found positive for the Delta variant and one for the Beta variant by the Philippine Genome Center are not from Negros Occidental, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Friday, August 13.

The Negros Occidental provincial government on Thursday, August 12, received a report from the Philippine Genome Center that four residents of Kabakalan City, two each from Silay City and Cauayan, and one from Cadiz City in Negros Occidental had tested positive for the Delta variant.

It also said one Cadiz City resident tested positive for the Beta variant.

However, the same report said they were tested for COVID-19 at the Lung Center of the Philippines and their actual addresses were in Quezon City, Samar, Rizal and Bulacan.

The Provincial Health Office has issued an official document that an actual verification was conducted and none of those persons named in the report are actually in Negros Occidental, which was sent to the Philippine Genome Center, Diaz said.

The PHO said the names of all 10 do not appear on the list of specimens sent from Negros Occidental laboratories to the Philippine Genome Center.

Physical checks also done in the Negros Occidental barangays where the 10 are supposed to be residents showed that none of them reside in those areas, Diaz said.

The barangays were informed that it is not true that there are Delta and Beta variant cases in their areas and that there is no need to panic, Diaz said.

Vigilance for persons returning to barangays is up to prevent the spread of COVID-19, he said.*

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