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71 contacts of variant instances in Bontoc optimistic for COVID-19

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Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) – February 2, 2021 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Division of Well being (DOH) reported yesterday that 71 shut contacts of 12 United Kingdom variant instances in Bontoc, Mountain Province have examined optimistic for COVID-19.

In response to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, 410 individuals who got here in touch with the 12 UK variant instances have already been traced.

Of those 410 contacts, 71 examined optimistic for COVID-19, 197 yielded damaging outcomes, 88 haven’t been screened but, whereas outcomes of 42 people haven’t been launched.

“We sat down with the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit and native officers of Bontoc and we eliminated duplicates within the lists,” she mentioned.

Vergeire additionally famous that as of Jan. 27, eight optimistic swab specimens had been despatched to the Philippine Genome Heart (PGC) for genome sequencing to find out if they’ve the UK variant. Outcomes of genome sequencing usually are not but out.

For the UK variant case in La Trinidad, Benguet, 37 contacts have been reached; 5 had been discovered contaminated with COVID-19. Two of the 5 swab samples had been additionally submitted to the PGC for genome sequencing.

Only some samples had been despatched to PGC for genome sequencing as not all specimens met the requirements. To be despatched for sequencing, a pattern have to be optimistic for COVID-19 and have excessive viral load of lower than 30 cycle threshold (CT) values.

Case closed

Vergeire additionally mentioned that the 29-year-old Filipino male who grew to become the nation’s index case for the UK variant is now thought-about “case closed.”

She maintained that the entire doable contacts of the index case have already been contacted, examined, quarantined and monitored after the isolation interval.

The index case had traveled to Dubai along with his girlfriend on Dec. 22, 2020 and returned to the nation final Jan. 7, when he was discovered optimistic for the UK variant after testing.

Superior order of reagents

Amid the worldwide scarcity of genome sequencing reagents, the DOH mentioned that authorities is now making an advance order that’s good for six months to forestall delays in assessments executed by the PGC.

“As a substitute of simply procuring two or three months’ price of provide, we at the moment are going to acquire or have this order for about six months. In order that we will be assured that for the subsequent six months, we could have these reagents,” she mentioned.

Vergeire added the nation will get reagents from Singapore however additionally it is eyeing suppliers in the USA to make sure persevering with provide.

Final Saturday, the DOH introduced that PGC was in a position to sequence solely 48 swab specimens due to lack of reagents. All samples examined damaging for B.1.1.7 or the UK variant. Reagents arrived Sunday evening and had been on the Bureau of Customs as of press time.

PGC’s “large machine” for genome sequencing can course of 750 samples per run. The PGC and the College of the Philippines-Nationwide Institute of Well being (UP-NIH) have determined to arrange a “smaller machine” that may sequence solely 48 samples per course of.

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