Philippines Confirms First Cases Of South African COVID-19 Strain
PHILIPPINES CONFIRMS SOUTH AFRICAN STRAIN – The more transmissible COVID-19 variant from South Africa has been detected in the Philippines.
In the early days of January, health authorities warned about a new more transmissible coronavirus variant from South Africa. As such, the variant, along with the UK and the Brazil strain were tagged as “mutations of concern”.
Recently, the Philippines has reported more and more cases of the new UK strain. Additionally, the Department of Health also detected its first six cases of the South African coronavirus in the country.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, of the six cases, 3 were local cases while the other 2 were returning OFWs from Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
However, the location of the remaining cases is pending verification. Furthermore, the three local cases were found between January 27 and February 13.
As per the article, one of the three cases, a 40-year-old male had already recovered from the virus. Meanwhile, the other two, a 61-year-old female and a 31-year-old male, still have symptoms of the virus.
Moreover, the government said they are currently managing and monitoring the situation of the two patients. Meanwhile, an additional 30 cases of the the UK variant was also reported, raising the number of cases to 87.
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