At a vaccination centre in Metro Manila, Philippines.


Philippines reports 6 cases of Covid-19 variant


MANILA – Six cases of the South African coronavirus variant have been found in the Philippines, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday (March 2).

This came as the country rolled out its vaccination campaign as supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the country.

Of the six cases, three were detected locally while two were Filipinos returning from overseas. The origin of the sixth case was still being verified.

The Philippines has so far found 87 cases of the South African variant, which is believed to be more transmissible.

“While there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe disease, the pattern of mutations within this variant suggests higher transmissibility and may have an impact on vaccine efficacy,” according to DOH. CAM/Expat Media

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