No UK variant found in 48 samples after genome sequencing — DOH
MANILA, Philippines — There were no new cases of the B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant or the UK variant found in 48 samples included in the fourth batch of genome sequencing, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.
“Due to the global shortage of sequencing reagents for high throughput whole-genome sequencing, the Department of Health (DOH) reports that the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) was able to sequence only 48 samples for the fourth batch of sequencing, and none of which was positive for the B.1.1.7 variant,” the DOH said in a statement.
Of the 48 samples, the health department said 23 were from Metro Manila, 19 were from Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), four from the Cordillera Region, and two from returning Filipinos overseas.
Seven of the 48 cases already recovered while the rest are either asymptomatic or have mild Covid-19 cases, said DOH.
The PGC will perform genome sequencing for 48 more samples this week, which includes samples from the Cordillera Administrative Region.
The DOH again reminded the public to follow minimum health rules that would prevent the transmission of Covid-19 despite no additional cases of the UK variant being recorded.
“Thus, the public is urged to strictly adhere to these standards, especially when going to public places, by properly wearing face masks and face shields, maintaining a one-meter distance from other people, limiting the time of interaction to others, ensuring proper air circulation in any establishments or venues, and to regularly sanitize hands,” said the DOH.
The Philippines currently has 17 cases of the UK coronavirus variant, which is believed to be more infections. Twelve of these cases are from Bontoc, Mountain Province.
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