COVID-19 Delta Variant Detected in Apayao

The Municipality of Pudtol, Apayao was placed on lockdown effective August 6. This came about as the Apayao Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (PIATF-EID received a notification from the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) about the detection of the COVID-19 delta variant in one of the specimens from the Municipality submitted to the Center for testing last month. The confirmed case has been declared fully recovered in July.

The PIATF however says that the situation is under control.

“The PIATF and the Pudtol IATF assure everyone that we are doing our best to manage the situation, and are conducting massive tracing of individuals who have had interactions and contact with the confirmed Delta variant case and subject the same to RT-PCR testing.” PIATF said in a statement.

The lockdown will be implemented until completion of contract tracing activities and the mass testing results will be out.

Apayao Governor Eleanor Bulut-Begtang urged her constituents “to be more vigilant and continue observance of prescribed health protocols, especially of staying at home unless for essential and emergency situations, social distancing and practice of proper hygiene at all times.”/The Junction News Team