More UK Virus Variant Cases Found In PH, Cebu Records First Patient
UK VIRUS VARIANT FOUND IN CEBU – Health authorities reported more cases of the new coronavirus variant from the United Kingdom.
Back in January, the Philippines detected the first case of the new COVID-19 strain from a Filipino returning from Dubai. Afterward, the DOH found more cases of the virus variant in Mountain Province.
On Friday, the Department of Health (DOH) detected eight more cases of the more transmisabble strain on Friday. With this, the number of UK virus variant cases in the country grew to 25.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, the DOH stated that out of eight of the new cases, three were from Bontoc. Meanwhile, two were found in La Trinidad Town, Benguet. Along with this, two were returning overseas Filipino Workers. Additionally, Cebu detected its first case of the virus in a 35-year-old male from Liloan town.
Furthermore, the DOH clarified that two of the new infected patients in Cebu were close contacts of a patient positive for the strain. Meanwhile, authorities are still finding the link to the third patient.
Concerningly, the OCTA Research group warned that the new variant may have already spread in parts of Cebu. Moreover, authorities are still investigating the patient’s travel history and exposure.
As per the article, the DOH said:
Biosurveillance activities shall likewise be sustained and the succeeding whole genome sequencing activities are expected to determine the extent of transmission in areas where B.1.1.7 variant cases have been detected and to provide better representation from all regions
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