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COVID-19 kills 20 more; Caraga toll now at 1,434

Caraga recorded  twenty more deaths from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Friday, October 1, amid the continuous surge of new virus cases in the region. Courier File Photo

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 20 more people in the region, bringing the death toll to 1,434 as of October 1, the Department of Health (DOH) in Caraga said.

Caraga currently has 6,329 active cases of COVID-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, 43,993 persons in the region have tested positive for the virus.

Of the total number of cases, there are now 36,230 recoveries as 491 new patients successfully recovered from the viral disease.

The Caraga region has been facing a continuous surge in COVID-19 cases likely fueled by virus variants, including the highly contagious Delta strain.

A DOH report said additional 26 cases of COVID-19 variants of concern (VOC) have been recorded in Caraga, of which 14 cases were Beta (B.1.351), followed by Alpha (B.1.1.7) with nine cases, and the Delta (B.1.617.2) with three cases.

The newly recorded cases have brought to 175 VOCs registered by DOH-Caraga as of Thursday, September 30.

Authorities urged residents to get vaccinated and to follow health protocols to combat a sustained increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations. CLC

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