COTABATO CITY – Health officials in Maguindanao confirmed on Wednesday two cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant have been monitored in the province but denied the existence of local transmission.
In an interview, Dr. Elizabeth Samama, provincial health officer, was quick to allay the fear of the public on local transmission since the two patients have fully recovered and indicated no signs that they have infected family members or anybody.
“We only have two cases of Covid-19 with Delta variant,” said Samama who also heads the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO-Maguindanao).
She said the two patients were Oversees Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have returned home more than a month ago to the municipalities of Datu Paglas and Datu Blah Sinsuat.
“We have conducted massive contact tracing and we found no indications that the two OFWs served as spreaders, we have no proof to that so far,” Samama said.
She also assured the public the two OFWs have “already recovered when they returned home.”
“Despite this, we remain on alert and are not lowering our guards,” she added.
To date, IPHO Maguindanao has already vaccinated more than 109,000 of its 1.3 million population.
Currently, the province has 296 Covid-19 active cases. The death toll from the virus stands at 110. (PNA)