Caraga’s COVID-19 death toll now stands at 1,035 after the Department of Health (DOH) regional office reported 18 new deaths on Monday.
The total number of deaths accounts for 3 percent of all cases.
In its daily case bulletin, DOH Caraga also reported 324 COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total cases to 32,363 since the pandemic began last year.
Of the total number of cases, there are now 26,997 recoveries as 136 new patients successfully recovered from the viral disease.
The region on Monday also recorded its first case of the more transmissible Delta variant of the new coronavirus.
Reports that the Delta variant was triggering the surge in new COVID-19 cases had alarmed Caraga residents.
But Dr. Cesar Cassion, DOH Caraga chief, said the case of the 26-year-old woman infected with the COVID-19 Delta variant, had been managed and well handled.
“With the inevitable threat of the Delta variant and other Variants of Concern, we are escalating our efforts to speed up the vaccination program especially to our most vulnerable population,” he said in a statement.
“We continuously remind and appeal to the public to do their part in this fight against COVID-19 which includes strictly following the health protocols, isolation measures and availing of any COVID-19 vaccine offered to them. We are not defenseless against the virus, in fact, we know what to do and we must be prepared,” Cassion added.CLC