IPIL – Zamboanga Sibugay has logged its first case of COVID-19 Delta variant, a local health official confirmed Saturday.
Dr. Adnilre Verzon, municipal health officer of Ipil, the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay, said the “first case of the Delta variant in the municipality has been recorded.”
The index case, she said, tested positive on June 28, but the result of the genomic test came on August 6.
Verson said the patient, a resident of Ipil, has already recovered. “It is not an active case,” she added.
There is no reason to panic because the index case is no longer an active case, Verzon explained.
She advised the public to remain calm but vigilant, saying that “though our first case of the Delta variant is not an active case, we will consider new cases as possible Delta variant.”
To get the protection against the dreaded disease, Verson urged the public to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“Get vaccinated,” she said.
The town has logged a total of 596 confirmed cases as of August 5, but only 17 are active cases. It is one of the five high-risk municipalities in the province. The other high-risk municipalities are the following: Tungawan, Titay, Imelda, and Buug. Zamboanga has recorded a total of 1,973 as of August 5 with the caseload of active cases 63. (Antonio Manaytay)