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Expert: COVID strain first detected in PH no longer ‘variant of interest’

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 12:47 PM July 13, 2021
The WHO removed the COVID-19 variant first detected in the Philippines, known as the Theta variant, from its list of “variants of interests.”

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MANILA, Philippines — The World Health Organization (WHO) has removed the COVID-19 variant first detected in the Philippines, known as the “Theta” or P.3 variant, from its list of “variants of interests.”

Dr. Eva Cutiongco-Dela Paz, an official from the Philippine Genome Center that conducts biosurveillance of COVID-19 variants, said the global health body reclassified the variant as “alerts for further monitoring.”

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“I’d like you to note that Theta or P.3, the variant of interest first identified in the Philippines has been taken out of the list and now reclassified as a variant under alerts for further monitoring,” she said in an online forum.

Cutiongco-Dela Paz said the variant, which was classified as “variant of interest” in March, was downgraded on July 6.

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On July 5, the Philippines recorded three new cases of the Theta variant, all of which have already recovered.

The DOH earlier debunked claims that the P.3 variant is “extremely contagious.”

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