By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental’s first case of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has tested negative after getting a re-swab.
Dr. Ernell Tumimbang, head of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said the patient’s family members were no longer required to undergo re-swab after getting their results last August 27 showing that they were also negative for COVID-19.
The patient, a 52-year-old overseas Filipino worker originating from the United Arab Emirates, arrived back in the country last July 20 and was quarantined in Metro Manila.
During his quarantine, the patient’s RT-PCR test showed that he is positive for COVID-19, but by August 11 he was discharged from isolation and given a certificate showing he has fully recovered.
On the same day, the patient traveled home to Negros Occidental, although he was again placed in quarantine in two different hotels in Bacolod City before being allowed to return home to Talisay City.
On August 25, they received the result from the Philippine Genome Center telling them that the patient was infected with the Delta variant.
Aside from the Delta variant, the province also previously recorded its first case of the Lambda variant, which is also the first reported case in the country./DGB, WDJ