3 new Delta cases detected among COVID-19 patients in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 17 Nov) – Just when residents thought the danger is over, the City Health Office said today three new Delta cases were detected among those infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this city.

Children play beside Christmas trees inside a mall in Cagayan de Oro City on 13 November 2021. Authorities have eased quarantine protocols allowing children to enter malls and shopping centers after more than a year of strict protocols due to COVID-19. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Dr. Ted Yu, CHO medical officer, said the patients have been diagnosed “clinically recovered” from COVID-19 last Nov. 5 and 6 when the new information came.

Yu said the Philippine Genome Center released the news last Nov. 15 that the three patients – two males and one female – were found positive of the highly infectious Delta strain.

“The three patients are all residents of Barangay Carmen,” Yu said during the daily COVID-19 news briefing.

He said the three were again isolated and would be scheduled for new rounds of swabbing tests.

The discovery of the three patients, Yu said, brings the total number of Delta cases in Cagayan de Oro to 95, the highest in Mindanao.

The news of new Delta cases came as residents, together with their children, flocked the shopping malls as quarantine protocols were eased starting Nov. 15.

Mayor Oscar Moreno have eased the quarantine protocols after the national Inter-Agency Task Force placed the entire city under Alert level 2. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)