DOH, UP-PGC, AND UP-NIH RELEASE RESULTS OF 19TH WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING

Press Release | 29 May 2021

The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines - Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines - National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) today report the detection of one (1) additional B.1.617.2 variant case, one hundred four (104) B.1.1.7 variant cases, one hundred thirty-seven (137) B.1.351 variant cases, and four (4) P.3 variant cases based on the latest whole-genome sequencing report.

ON B.1.617.2 VARIANT CASE:

The additional B.1.617.2 variant case is a recovered Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with an indicated address in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). The case has completed the 10-day isolation after arrival in the country and was discharged upon certification of recovery. This brings the total number of B.1.617.2 cases to 13.

ON B.1.1.7 VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional 104 B.1.1.7 variant cases detected, one case is a ROF, 89 are local cases, and 14 are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Based on the case line list, five cases are still active, three cases died while 96 have been tagged as recovered. The total B.1.1.7 variant cases now total 1,071.

ON B.1.351 VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional 137 B.1.351 variant cases, one case is a ROF, 127 are local cases, and nine cases are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Based on the case line list, nine cases are still active, five were fatalities, and 123 have recovered. Our total B.1.351 variant case is now 1,246.

ON P.3 VARIANT CASES:

Of the additional four P.3 variant cases, three are local cases and one is currently being verified if this is a local or ROF case. Based on the case line list, all have recovered.

The detection of additional VOC cases supports the need for strict adherence to MPHS to minimize risk of exposure and infection and getting vaccinated once it is our turn. Also, despite local presence of these variants of concern, we can minimize their transmission as well as the emergence of new variants by keeping case numbers down.