Two COVID-19 variants of concern cases have been detected in Negros Occidental, DOH regional epidemiologist Glen Alonsabe said Friday, July 30.
The two local cases involved a patient from La Carlota City found to be infected with the Alpha variant and a Cadiz resident who was hit by the Beta variant, he said.
The samples of the two local cases were sent to the Philippine Genome Center by the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital molecular laboratory in Bacolod City, he said, adding that the results were released last week.
The Alpha and Beta variants are four times more contagious that the original SARS-CoV-2, he said.
The Delta Variant is eight times for contagious, he added.
The Alpha variant was first detected in the United Kingdom and the Beta variant in South Africa.
Six Delta variant cases have been detected in Panay so far, they do not know if there are similar cases in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City yet, Alonsabe said.
The DOH said the Delta variant is 60 percent more transmittable and has a shorter incubation period.
The unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals are more likely to develop severe disease when infected with the Delta variant, the DOH added.
Aside from the primary symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough and loss of smell and taste, patients hit by the Delta variant may also experience runny nose and sore throat, it said.*