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Region 6 remains Omicron free

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Region 6 remains free from COVID-19, according to a report of the Philippine Genome Center.

Of the 38 Delta variant detected nationwide as of December 8, however, three of them were reported by the PGC in Region 6, although it was not established which areas in Western Visayas.

Of the Delta variant cases, 31 were local cases and seven from Returning Overseas Filipino Workers (ROFs), the report added.

The Department of Health- Western Visayas Center for Development reported yesterday nine additional COVID-19 active cases for Negros Occidental, and six more in Bacolod City.

The latest report on whole genome sequencing update brings the total Delta variant cases to 7,886.

Meantime, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has echoed the Department of Health recommendation not to downgrade the existing Covid-19 Alert Level status due to the threat posed by the Omicron variant.

“The time isn’t ripe yet since it’s the holiday season and we have observed more people becoming complacent to go outdoors, disregarding health protocol, and unmindful of the risks,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said Wednesday.

Carlos said a shift to a more lenient protocol can impact the adherence to the minimum health standards, despite the downward trend in new coronavirus cases.*with report from PNA

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