Health experts warned the Philippines of a possible surge of community transmissions of the contagious COVID-19 Delta variant after 11 individuals who did not have a travel history abroad were infected.
Last week, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the local infections of the Delta strain but remained silent on local transmission as the investigation on the link among these cases continues.
Dr. Rontgene Solante, an infectious disease expert, said in a statement, “But, if I may speculate, it’s difficult to not consider a possible community transmission already happening.”
On the other hand, government adviser Dr. Edsel Salvana said he would rather wait for the genome data in order to map out the variant transmission. He stated that if the infections have different genome sequences, then these cases are not linked and no local transmissions happened.
The COVID-19 Delta variant was first discovered in India and is continuously spreading across the world.