Duque insists gov't. still proactive in COVID-19 response amid Delta variant threat

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III maintains that the government is still proactive in its pandemic response, despite the threat brought by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.

7/29/2021 9:46:00 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III maintains that the government is still proactive in its pandemic response, despite the threat brought by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III maintains that the government is still proactive in its pandemic response, despite the threat brought by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 29) —Health Secretary Francisco Duque III maintained on Thursday that the government is still proactive in its pandemic response, despite the threat brought by the more contagious COVID-19 Delta variant in the country.

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"We are proactive, not reactive," Duque told CNN Philippines'The Source."The fact that we still have low numbers of Delta variant is already proof in itself that the Philippine Genome Center has been doing a good job of really identifying or detecting among the positive samples of the different variants," he added.

Duque reasoned that the Philippines already sequenced over 9,000 COVID-19 samples this year. However, critics have been pushing to further boost the government's current sampling capacity since the PGC can only process 750 samples per week.The PGC is asking for at least ₱50 million for each satellite office in the Visayas and Mindanao to boost its genome sequencing capability. The amount will help each facility sequence 50 samples per week and improve the turnaround time of results. headtopics.com

READ:Genome center seeks funding for expanded capacity to detect variants The country was able to sequence 9,351 samples or 0.86% of around 1 million cases from January to July this year, the PGC previously said.Duque said the threat of the highly transmissible Delta variant would now prompt local government units to intensify its prevention, detection, isolation, treatment and reintegration or PDITR strategies to contain its spread instead of waiting for cases to spike.

The government also intends to increase COVID-19 ICU beds in anticipation of the surge, boost vaccine supply, and continue strict border controls, he added.There are currently 119 detected Delta variant cases nationwide, 98 of whom have recovered while five have succumbed to the virus, the Health Department said Thursday.

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