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DOH: 1 new COVID-19 variant case linked to MRT an infection cluster

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Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – February 15, 2021 – 1:07pm

MANILA, Philippines — One of many extra instances who examined optimistic for the extra contagious coronavirus variant is linked to the cluster of COVID-19 infections reported within the Metro Rail Transit 3 depot, the Division of Well being stated Monday.

In a briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated the case, a 46-year-old girl from Pasay Metropolis, is the mum or dad of an MRT-3 worker. She examined optimistic for COVID-19 on January 25 and is at present present process house quarantine.

“The [DOH] regional workplace within the Nationwide Capital Area is investigating the case,” Vergeire stated.

In January, a minimum of 36 workplace personnel and 6 upkeep staff of MRT-3 had been discovered optimistic for COVID-19. The depot was positioned underneath “enhanced entry management” as a result of COVID-19 instances.  

It’s unclear if the samples of those that examined optimistic within the practice depot had been submitted for genome sequencing to find out the presence of the brand new variant first seen in the UK. 

Different instances 

The case from Pasay Metropolis is among the many 19 instances of the B.1.1.7 variant reported by the DOH final week.

One of many instances is a 20-year-old girl from Mountain Province who yielded a optimistic end in her pre-departure check carried out within the capital area. She returned to Mt. Province the place she is remoted at house.

One other variant case is a 37-year-old man from Bukidnon however spent “lengthy intervals of time” in Metro Manila as a part of his coaching. He examined optimistic on January 25.

One other affected person is a 25-year-old girl from Dasmariñas, Cavite who’s present process isolation in Central Luzon after testing optimistic on January 31.

A 47-year-old girl from Las Piñas who arrived from Morocco final January 12 accomplished her 10-day isolation. However Vergeire stated her second check yielded a optimistic consequence, so she was suggested to proceed her house isolation.

Authorities are checking if the case from Rizal, a 47-year-old male, is a returning abroad Filipino.

So far, there are 44 instances of the B.1.1.7 variant within the nation since officers first detected a case in mid-January. However Vergeire stated there’s not ample proof to show there’s neighborhood transmission of the brand new variant.

The DOH earlier confirmed the native transmission of the brand new COVID-19 variant in Bontoc, Mountain Province. Native transmission signifies places the place the supply of an infection is throughout the reporting location.

Consultants warned that a rise within the transmission of the brand new variant will result in extra folks getting contaminated and sick, which may overwhelm the nation’s well being system anew. 

As It Occurs


LATEST UPDATE: February 15, 2021 – 12:37pm

A thread on new variants of SARS-CoV-2 reported within the Philippines.


February 15, 2021 – 12:37pm

The Division of Well being says one of many extra COVID-19 instances optimistic for the extra infectious variant is linked to the MRT-3 cluster.

The affected person is the mom of an worker. —  Gaea Katreena Cabico


January 31, 2021 – 9:15am

The Philippine Genome Heart didn’t detect the B117 variant of the coronavirus, which first emerged in the UK, in 48 samples for its fourth batch of sequencing, the Division of Well being says Saturday evening.

The samples got here from the Nationwide Capital Area (23), Calabarzon (19), Cordillera Area (4) and from returning abroad Filipinos (2). Seven of those instances are already recovered, whereas the remainder are both asymptomatic or gentle instances.

“Whereas no new instances have been detected, the DOH reiterates that the minimal public well being requirements stay the very best precautionary measure towards COVID-19 an infection whatever the variant,” the DOH says.


January 20, 2021 – 3:28pm

At the least 13 contacts of the primary confirmed UK variant case of COVID-19 within the nation examined optimistic for the infectious illness, the Division of Well being says.

Eight passengers aboard the identical Dubai-Manila flight because the affected person and 5 different shut contacts examined optimistic with the coronavirus.

The eight passengers are in secure situation whereas ready for outcomes of re-swabbing after getting low viral load from their preliminary check. In the meantime, samples of the 5 different contacts who examined optimistic have been despatched to the UP Philippine Genome Heart to find out if they’re additionally contaminated with the brand new variant.


January 18, 2021 – 4:32pm

The Quezon Metropolis authorities denounces the restriction imposed by the native  authorities of Arayat, Pampanga as it’s “completely with out foundation.”

This follows experiences {that a} QC resident examined optimistic for the brand new variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in the UK.

Mayor Pleasure Belmonte stresses that the affected person who examined optimistic for the brand new coronavirus variant didn’t set foot within the metropolis following his arrival from Dubai final January 7.


January 13, 2021 – 8:18pm

The brand new coronavirus variant that first emerged within the UK has been detected within the Philippines, well being authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

In an advisory, the Division of Well being says samples from a Filipino who arrived from the United Arab Emirates on January 7 yielded “optimistic genomic sequencing outcomes,” the primary reported detection of B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant within the Philippines.

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