DOH Explains Breach Of Border Protocol Possible Reason For Delta Variant Entry
BREACH OF BORDER PROTOCOL – Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed cases of Delta Variant local transmissions.
With this in mind, the DOH explained several possibilities as to how the virus entered the country. As such, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that a breach in border protocol may have been the case.
During an interview with ABS-CBN, Vergeire stated:
If you look at our protocols, it has to be implemented strictly and uniformly, meaning all ports of entry and exit here in the country should be uniformly implementing this kind of protocol so we won’t have this kind of breaches and the variants won’t enter
Currently, the Philippines has confirmed 47 cases of the Delta Variant. Concerningly, 23 have been categorized as local cases with patients having no history of travel outside the country. As of writing, eight of the 47 cases are still considered as “active cases”.
Meanwhile, to address the issue, Vergeire said that stricter border patrols should be implemented. Furthermore, she said the DOH is assuming several factors as to how the Delta Variant got to the country.
This includes failure of assessing patients when they were discharged and breaching of border security. Additionally, she said that the RT-PCR tests may not have caught COVID-19 cases.
She explains that although this has been the golden standard in the Philippines for testing, it is still not 100% accurate. Still, she believes that most of the Delta variant cases in the Philippines was due to transmissions from returning OFWs.
Another case is there was this ROF who was not related to the family, but was the best friend of the wife of that affected, so she went to the wake of the mother of this ROF and the transmission happened
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