‘3 virus variants spreading’
DOH detects 642 more cases, logs total infections at 936,133
The University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) detected the latest cases from 752 samples sequenced nationwide. Of the 266 UK (B.1.1.7) variant infections, 11 are returning Filipinos who were living abroad, 188 are local cases, and 67 are still for verification. The DOH said the new cases brought the total number of B.1.1.7 variant infections to 658. Of the total, eight have already died, 204 have recovered and 54 are still active. Studies show that this variant has a higher reproduction rate than other variants. Of the new South African (B.1.351) variant cases, 15 are returning overseas Filipinos, 263 are local cases, and 73 are under further validation. This raised the total cases of the South African variant to 695, which includes 293 recoveries and four deaths. A previous study found that this South African variant reduces the effectiveness of the vaccine created by AstraZeneca drug maker, which is now called Vaxzevria. Of the additional 25 Philippine (P.3) variant infections, which is not a "variant of concern," two are returning overseas Filipinos, 21 are local cases while two are still unclassified. This increased the total tally of P.3 variant cases in the country to 148, with one active case and 24 recoveries. The DOH said they are still determining whether the P.3 variant has "significant implications on public health." Meanwhile, the P.1 variant cases, which was first detected in Brazil, remained at two. The Philippines logged 10,098 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the total to 936,133 infections, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. The DOH reported 150 new fatalities, bringing the death toll from COVID-19 to 15,960, which is 1.7 percent of the total. The DOH also reported that 72,607 persons recently recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 779,084, which is 83.2 percent of the total. Active cases remained at 141,089, which is 15.1 percent of the total. Of the active cases, 96.7 percent were mild; 1.7 percent were asymptomatic; 0.5 percent were critical; 0.7 percent were severe; and 0.43 percent were moderate.