By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental’s provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, confirmed yesterday morning that the province has recorded its first case of the more infectious Delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19.
According to Diaz, the patient is a 52-year-old returning overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Talisay City.
The OFW patient originated from the United Arab Emirates and arrived in the country last July 20, after which he was immediately quarantined and he later tested positive for COVID-19.
Diaz said they received the patient’s test results from the Philippine Genome Center on Wednesday afternoon, August 25.
The patient’s home has since been placed in quarantine and he had already undergone re-swabbing.
The members of his family, meanwhile, have also undergone RT-PCR tests.
Diaz, however, pointed out that the patient was isolated in two different hotels in Bacolod City, prior to being allowed to return home in Talisay City.
He also pointed out that the patient has already “fully recovered” even though they have just received the information that he had the Delta variant.
Previously, Bacolod City reported two additional cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 bringing the city’s total cases to six. However, all of the cases have since fully recovered.
Last week, Negros Occidental also reported its first case of the Lambda variant, which is also the first known case in the country./DGB, WDJ