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Health Department Confirms Filipino Seafarer Who Tested Positive for India COVID-19 Variant Died

FILIPINO SEAFARER – The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that a crew of the MV Athens who tested positive for India COVID-19 variant died.

It is more than a year now since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Many countries are still battling against the spread of the disease. The Philippines is one of the nations that logged cases of the disease.

In PH, the total COVID-19 cases now is over one (1) million. The whole Metro Manila and its nearby provinces, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan were previously placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) again in the pursuit to arrest the spread of the disease.

Now, the said areas which is collectively called as the NCR Plus are under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened measures. PH is one of those countries that recorded cases of new variants of COVID-19.

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Filipino Seafarers COVID-19
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One of the new variants detected in the Philippines is the India COVID-19 variant. One of the seafarers aboard the MV Athens Bridge that docked in the country with coronavirus patients tested positive in the said variant of the disease.

Unfortunately, the Department of Health (DOH) recently gave an update that a Filipino seafarer who tested positive for India COVID-19 variant died. He is one of the four (4) crew members who was brought to a medical facility.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the said Filipino seafarer who died of the India COVID-19 variant is from Paranaque province. The DOH did not release further details about the deceased.

Currently, the COVID-19 cases in the country is decreasing but the Health Department reminds everyone that the threats are still present. Everyone is encouraged to still practice the health protocols and to stay home as much as possible.

The vaccination is ongoing now and the national government hopes to achieve the herd immunity by this year. However, as for the DOH, it may not happen this 2021 due to the delays in the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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