Philippines detects first cases of South Africa COVID-19 variant

The Philippines has detected its first six cases of the more transmissible South Africa COVID-19 variant and additional cases of the UK coronavirus variant, the Department of Health said on March 2.

Of the six South African variant cases, three are local cases, two are returning Filipino migrant workers from Qatar and United Arab Emirates, while the location of the remaining case is pending verification, the DOH said in a statement.

The three local cases are residents of Pasay City whose samples were collected between January 27 and February 13, the agency said.

One of the three, a 40-year-old male, has recovered while the other two cases, a 61-year-old female and a 39-year-old male, remain active and are being managed by the local government, it added.

An additional 30 cases of the more contagious coronavirus disease variant first detected in the United Kingdom were also reported, raising the Philippines’ total to 87.

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