PH finds six cases of COVID-19 variants in South Africa, additional cases of UK variants

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2nd) – The more transmissible variant of COVID-19, first discovered in South Africa, has reached the Philippines, the Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday.

Six cases of the South African variant, also known as B.1.351, were discovered by the Philippine Genome Center when they were performing genome sequencing on samples from COVID-19 patients. Three cases are considered local cases, two are returning to Filipinos, while the other case is still under review to determine whether the patient is a returning OFW or a local case.

The three local cases were reported as residents of Pasay City and their samples were collected between January 27 and February 13, 2021. Two of the local cases, a 61-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man, are active cases being administered by Pasay City. The third local case, a 40-year-old man, has already recovered.

On the other hand, the two returning Filipinos came into the country from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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Meanwhile, 30 new cases of the variant from Great Britain have been registered in the country. This brings the total number of B.1.1.7 cases in the country to 57.

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