MANILA, Philippines The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday said that it recorded 642 cases of three different COVID-19 variants in the country.
In a Facebook post of DOH, it said that findings of the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center and the National Institutes of Health, showed that of the 752 samples they have tested, 266 cases were of the UK variant (B117), 351 were of the South Africa variant (B1351) and 25 were of the Philippine variant (P3).
This brings the latest tally of the UK variant to a total of 658 cases, while the South Africa variant now totals 695 cases, and the Philippine variant to 148 cases overall.
The DOH, UP-PGC, and UP-NIH today report the detection of 266 B.1.1.7 variant cases, 351 B.1.351 variant cases, and 25…
Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Saturday, April 17, 2021
No additional case of the Brazil variant (P1) was detected, leaving its total cases in the country still at two.
According to DOH, the Philippines variant of the virus is not a variant of concern.
The DOH reiterates that strict and consistent adherence to the minimum public health standards, increased support for the National Vaccination Program, and LGUs’ continuous implementation of PDITR strategies will significantly mitigate transmission of COVID-19, it further said.
Tags: B117, B1351, P3, P1, Brazil variant, COVID-19, South Africa variant, UK variant, Philippine variant, coronavirus
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