Bontoc LGU says UK variant of coronavirus has infected 12 residents
MANILA, Philippines — The local government unit of Bontoc in Mountain Province announced on Friday that the COVID-19 variant from the United Kingdom (UK) has already reached their municipality.
In a statement posted on the official Facebook page of Bontoc, the city said that 12 of the 35 COVID-19 specimens from patients with active cases was confirmed to be the more infectious UK variant.
“Twelve out of 35 specimens from COVID-19 positive cases in this capital town have been confirmed to be of the UK variant,” the local government said.
“The Bontoc LGU urges everyone to intensify adherence to basic health protocols. Lockdown is still in effect. Rest assured that the LGU is doing its best to help deter further spread,” it added.
BREAKING NEWS:COVID-19 UK Variant DetectedBontoc, Mountain Province12 out of 35 specimens from COVID-19 positive…
The municipal government in its Facebook post did not clarify how the UK variant has reached the mountaintop town, but it gave assurance that it will update people about possible intensified measures due to these developments.
“We will update you as soon as possible as to intensified measures that the MIATF would be undertaking. Official statements and updates shall be released by DOH, PLGU and MLGU,” Bontoc’s LGU said.
“Let us cooperate and let us keep safe. Let us all be part of the solution. Together, we shall overcome,” it added.
Prior to this, the UK variant was only located in the close contacts of a businessman from Quezon City who was the first confirmed UK variant carrier in the country. As of Wednesday, 13 of the businessman’s close contacts are infected with the coronavirus.
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