By John Felix Unson and Antonio Manaytay
COTABATO CITY – The first two cases of Delta COVID-19 variant in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are children, which could change the pandemic situation in the region.
BARMM health office confirms the two are children aged 12-month-old boy and a six-year-old girl.
Bangsamoro Health Minister Bashary Latiph told reporters Tuesday the patients are now confined in a quarantine facility.
Swab specimens collected from them on August 15 were positive for delta variant COVID-19, he said.
“They were in Lanao del Sur that time,” Latiph said.
Latip said the conditions of the two children are being closely monitored by medical frontliners.
In a statement posted on BARMM website Tuesday, Latiph said the autonomous region has remained ‘low-risk’ are for COVID-19.
BARMM has logged a total of 9,076 confirmed positive COVID cases with 454 active as of August 16. It has the lowest number of cases among the 17 regions across the country.
The neighboring regions – Soccksargen (Region 12), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), Davao Region (Region 11), and Norhern Mindanao (Region 10) – have logged over 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Latiph said they have heightened the monitoring with the detection of the two cases of Delta variant.
He urged the public to strictly follow the health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.