The new variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has been detected in Bontoc in Mountain Province, affecting at least 12 people.
In its official Facebook page, the Bontoc local government unit (LGU) said that 12 of the 35 Covid-19 specimens from patients with active cases in the locality was confirmed to be the more infectious variant from UK.
“Twelve out of 35 specimens from Covid-19 positive cases in this capital town have been confirmed to be of the UK variant,” the local government said.
“The Bontoc LGU urges everyone to intensify adherence to basic health protocols. Lockdown is still in effect. Rest assured that the LGU is doing its best to help deter further spread,” it said.
“We will update you as soon as possible as to intensified measures that the MIATF would be undertaking. Official statements and updates shall be released by DOH (Department of Health), PLGU (provincial LGU) and MLGU (municipal LGU),” it added.
With the Bontoc LGU confirming it has 12 cases of the new Covid variant, the country now has a total 26 cases of such. The Quezon City government confirmed that it has a total of 14 cases of the new Covid variant, which is up to 70 percent more infectious. SOVEREIGNPH