WITH the detection of an additional B.1.617.2 or India variant case, the Department of Health stressed anew the need for strict adherence to minimum public health standards or MPHS to minimize risk of exposure and infection, as well as getting vaccinated once it is our turn.
Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said that despite local presence of these variants of concern, their transmission as well as the emergence of new variants can be minimised by keeping case numbers down.
“We have to keep the number of cases down by strictly adhering to MPHS and getting vaccinated once it’s your time,” he said.
Earlier, the DOH, the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center, and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health reported the detection of one additional B.1.617.2 variant case, 104 B.1.1.7 variant cases, 137 B.1.351 variant cases, and four P.3 variant cases based on the latest whole-genome sequencing report.
The additional B.1.617.2 variant case is a recovered Returning Overseas Filipino from the United Arab Emirates with an indicated address in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The case has completed the 10-day isolation after arrival in the country and was discharged upon certification of recovery. This brings the total number of B.1.617.2 cases to 13.
Of the additional 104 B.1.1.7 variant cases detected, one case is a ROF, 89 are local cases, and 14 are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Based on the case line list, five cases are still active, three cases died while 96 have been tagged as recovered. The total B.1.1.7 variant cases now total 1,071.
Of the additional 137 B.1.351 variant cases, one case is a ROF, 127 are local cases, and nine cases are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Based on the case line list, nine cases are still active, five were fatalities, and 123 have recovered. Our total B.1.351 variant case is now 1,246.
Of the additional four P.3 variant cases, three are local cases and one is currently being verified if this is a local or ROF case. Based on the case line list, all have recovered.