DOH detects 246 more cases of COVID-19 variants in PH
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) has detected 246 more cases of COVID-19 variants in the country.
In its latest update posted on Saturday, the DOH has confirmed the detection of 104 additional cases of the United Kingdom or B.1.1.7 variant and 137 cases of the South Africa or B.1.351 variant.
Meanwhile, four cases of the Philippine or P.3 variant and one case of the India or B.1.617.2 variant were also detected as of May 26, 2021.
To date, the UP-PGC and UP-NIH have sequenced a total of 7,547 COVID-19-positive samples. Of these, 2,494 have variants…
This brings the tally of COVID-19 variant cases in the Philippines to 2,494 out of the 7,547 COVID-19-positive samples sequenced by the University of the Philippines’ Philippine Genome Center (PGC) and National Institutes of Health.
Of the COVID-19 variant cases, 26 cases remain active, according to the DOH.
“DOH reiterates the need for strict adherence to MPHS (Minimum Public Health Standards), and early detection and isolation of cases to minimize transmission of COVID-19 and further prevent the emergence of new variants,” the agency said.
“DOH also encourages everyone to get vaccinated when it is your turn for added protection against the severe form of the disease,” it added.