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Health Department Records South African Coronavirus Variant in Philippines

The Department of Health reported that they have detected South African coronavirus variant in the Philippines.

Since last year, the coronavirus disease continues to spread in various countries all around the world including the Philippines. The pandemic affects millions of people worldwide and took thousands of live.

The health crisis does not only affect the public’s health but also causes a negative impact to the global economy. The health experts eventually formed a vaccine shot against the virus and it is currently being administered to millions of people.

South African Coronavirus Variant

Unfortunately, new variants of the coronavirus disease has been discovered, which is more dangerous compared to the original variant. The first new variant has been detected in UK and the second one in South Africa.

On Tuesday (March 2, 2021), the Health Department reportedly detected South African coronavirus variant in six COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

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“The DOH, the UP-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the UP-National Institutes of Health report the detection of six B.1.351 variant (South Africa variant) cases, 30 additional B.1.1.7 variant (UK variant) cases, and two additional cases with mutations of interest among the 8th batch of 350 samples sequenced by the UP-PGC,” DOH said.

South African Coronavirus Variant

DOH said that out of six South African variant cases, three of them are local while the two are returning OFWs. The location of the other one is being verified by the authorities.

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