Ni Monica N. Ladisla
Source: PNA
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Siniguro ng Department of Health sa publiko na wala pang nakakapasok na double mutant variant ng COVID-19 mula sa bansang India.

Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, “We have not detected that yet. Since the start of this alleged double variant from India was announced, we tried to review or reevaluate our data system in the Philippine Genome Center and according to [them], until now we have not detected this variant yet.” 

Nitong Huwebes, Abril 6, nilinaw ng DOH na limang pasahero lamang mula sa bansang India ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 bago ipatupad ang travel ban sa naturang bansa.

Ang mga nakolektang specimen naman sa mga ito ay agad na ipinadala sa Philippine Genome Center upang matukoy kung mayroong B.1.617 variant sa mga ito.

“All returning overseas Filipinos or all travelers coming in the country when they get in, we do double samples. We do swab for the RT-PCR and another sample is taken from the individual so that we can be able to send it over to the Philippine Genome Center if ever they turn positive,” paglilinaw ni Usec. Vergeire.

Dagdag pa niya, “Genome sequencing is very important, it’s going to be done.” 

Base sa datos na nakalap mula sa Bureau of Quarantine, mayroong 149 pasahero ang nakapasok sa bansa mula sa India bago ipatupad ang travel ban.

Tiniyak naman ng DOH na lahat ng pasahero ay sumailalim sa quarantine at na-test sa ikaanim at ikapitong araw nila sa bansa.


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