Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Economy

16 of 18 more people with new variant got well, DoH says

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporter

PHILIPPINE health authorities have detected 18 more people infected with a more contagious coronavirus variant, 16 of whom had since recovered, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

This brought the total cases involving a variant first detected in the United Kingdom to 62, DoH said in a statement on Sunday.

Thirteen of the 18 were returning overseas Filipinos who arrived from Jan. 3 to 27. “All of these cases are now tagged as recovered and the DoH is currently investigating compliance with isolation protocols and the contact-tracing done for these returning overseas Filipinos,” it added, referring to the migrant workers.

Three more patients that had also recovered came from the Cordillera Administrative Region, two of whom were 12-year-old boys connected to the cluster in Samoki, Bontoc in Mountain Province. The other was a 41-year-old woman connected to the cluster in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Close contacts of the three had completed quarantine, the agency said. DoH was still verifying where the two other cases came from.

Meanwhile, DoH said three samples from Central Visayas were found to have both the two coronavirus mutations — N501Y and E484K — bringing the total samples with the mutations to 34.

They will submit their findings on the new mutations to the World Health Organization and Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data to help track and study the genome changes in the virus.

It called on local governments where the mutated variant had been detected to implement preventive, detection, isolation and treatment measures.

DoH on Friday disclosed the detection of mutations of “potential clinical significance” in samples from Central Visayas. It said available data were insufficient to conclude that the mutations found in the local samples would have “significant public health implications.”

It noted that viruses normally mutate as they reproduce, but not all mutations and variants “necessarily cause negative effects.”

DoH reported 1,888 coronavirus infections on Sunday, bringing the total to 561,169. The death toll rose by 20 to 12,088, while recoveries increased by 9,737 to 522,843, it said in a bulletin.

There were 26,238 active cases, 87.3% of which were mild, 6.1% did not show symptoms, 3% were critical, 2.8% were severe and 0.91% were moderate.

The Department of Health said seven duplicates had been removed from the tally, while 12 recovered cases were reclassified as deaths. Two laboratories failed to submit their data on Feb. 20.

More than eight million Filipinos have been tested for the coronavirus as of Feb. 19, according to DoH’s tracker website.

The coronavirus has sickened more than 111.7 million and killed almost 2.5 million people worldwide, according to the Worldometers website, citing various sources including data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

More than 86.8 million people have recovered, it said.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

Latest

Economy

AllDay Supermarket has tapped PayMaya to power its self-checkout counters with cutting-edge technology to elevate customers’ grocery shopping experience. A first for the Philippine retail industry, AllDay Supermarket...

Economy

INFLATION in the first eight months stood at 4.4%, quicker than the central bank’s 4.1% average inflation forecast for 2021. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL...

Economy

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza, Reporter PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s political allies — at least those who are running for the country’s top...

Economy

The Balagtas Station of the Philippine National Railway Clark Phase 1 Project is currently under construction. Photo taken on June 14. — PHILIPPINE STAR/...

Economy

A SENIOR economist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said a local bourse’s program for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSME) is key to...

Economy

GNPower Dinginin’s commercial run moved to Q3 2022 By Angelica Y. Yang, Reporter THE management of GNPower Dinginin Ltd. Co. (GNPD) said the timeline...

You May Also Like

Investing

Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...

Economy

Ivermectin, an existing drug against parasites including head lice, has had a checkered history when it comes to treating COVID-19. The bulk of studies...

Investing

As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...

Economy

US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on...

Disclaimer: SmartRetirementReport.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.



Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!