BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The negative results on tests conducted on the “Lambda variant” infected Negrense woman and her newborn son, showed that they are safe, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.
This was after Valladolid Mayor Enrique “Bebot” Miravalles reported Tuesday that the 35-year-old woman, a resident of the town, and her newborn, both tested negative for Covid-19 in the re-swab conducted by health authorities on advice by the Department of Health.
Miravalles also said that the immediate close contacts, or family members of the woman, also tested negative for the virus.
So far, there is no sign that there is a spread in that area, or local government unit, Lacson said.
The DOH said the Lambda variant is currently classified as a Variant of Interest by the World Health Organization, and was first detected in Peru in August 2020. This VOI has the potential to effect the transmissibility of SARS-COV-2, and is currently being monitored for its possible clinical significance.
Miravalles also said that the mother has no records of travel abroad in the past years.
Lacson said he is more concerned about the highly-infectious Delta variant, with four cases already confirmed by the DOH in Bacolod City.
The Provincial Incident Management Team also noted a steady decline of Covid-19 active cases in Negros Occidental, at 719, as of Tuesday, from its peak of more than 2,400 in the past months.*