The province of Zambales has recorded its first Delta coronavirus variant case — a two-year-old child, Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said Saturday.
The child, who is asymptomatic, was exposed to his mother, who is a nurse, Ebdane said at the Laging Handa public briefing.
"Dahil meron kakaibang tingin doon sa bata, kinuhanan ng specimen, pinadala 'yung specimen sa Philippine Genome Center noong August 5 at lumabas 'yung resulta nu'ng August 23 na siya ay positive sa Delta variant," Ebdane said.
(Because the child had a strange condition, his specimen was taken, then sent to the Philippine Genome Center on August 5. The result came out on August 23 that he was positive for the Delta variant.)
"When we received the result from the Philippine Genome Center, we decided to put them on additional restriction," he added.
He said the child was the only Delta variant case.
"Ang pinagtataka lang ay kung bakit 'yung bata lang ang merong Delta variant (We wondered why only the child had the Delta variant)," Ebdane said.
As of Friday, August 27, Zambales had 89 new COVID-19 cases, making the total to 5,832 confirmed cases.
The province has 892 active cases, with 77 new recoveries, 10 fatalities and 4,763 recovered cases.
Ebdane said they noticed the surge in COVID-19 cases with the opening of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
"So far karamihan ng cases namin ay magpapamilya (Most of our cases were families)," he said.
The Zambales provincial government has already vaccinated 52.7% of its target population. —KG, GMA News