PH detects over 200 new COVID-19 variant cases

By CNN Philippines Staff

The country has detected over 200 new COVID-19 variant cases, the Department of Health said on Saturday.

The DOH, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), and the University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) reported 104 additional cases of the variant first detected in the United Kingdom, 137 new cases of the variant first found in South Africa, and one more case of the variant first discovered in India.

There are also four new cases of the P.3 variant first detected in the Philippines — tagged as a variant under investigation.

The additional case of the variant from India is a returning Filipino from the United Arab Emirates, the DOH said in its advisory. The patient has already recovered, the agency added.

In total, there are now 1,246 cases of the variant from South Africa, 1,071 cases of the variant from the UK, and 13 cases of the variant from India.

To date, the PGC and UP-NIH have sequenced a total of 7,547 positive samples.

“Of these, 2,494 have variants being closely monitored by DOH with only 26 cases remaining active,” the DOH said.

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ nationwide COVID-19 case tally jumped to 1,216,582 on Saturday after the DOH logged 7,443 new infections. The death toll also climbed to 20,722 while recoveries stood at 1,142,246.

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