According to a Health official, the country’s first incidence of the Kappa form was documented, but the patient was long considered recovered.
The patient, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, was a local case from Floridablanca, Pampanga, whose sample was obtained on June 2. According to the official, he only had minor symptoms.
Kappa was designated as a variation of interest during the sample collection. The World Health Organization, on the other hand, relegated it to a variety under surveillance in September.
According to Vergeire, the B.1.617.1 variety is most commonly seen in India and comes from the same lineage as the Delta form.
Because the government is sequencing older samples to track down the source of the feared Delta variation, the case was discovered late.
From the 748 samples collected in March, April, May, June, September, and October, the Health Department found 651 more cases of the Delta variation. There are now 5,982 cases of the Delta variety in the country, which was the cause of the spike in September.