Hong Kong detects new COVID-19 variant in passenger from Manila
The case is a 30-year-old female, a Hong Kong resident, who returned from Manila on December 22 via PR 300
Hong Kong detects new COVID-19 from Manila on December 22.
In a virtual press briefing on Tuesday, January 5, Hong Kong health officials said they detected 4 cases of the new variant in their country. Among the cases was a 30-year-old female, a Hong Kong resident, who returned from Manila on December 22 via PR 300. The patient is tagged case 9003.
“[Case] 9003 took PR 300 and arrived in Hong Kong on the 22nd of December from [the] Philippines,” said Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch of Hong Kong’s health department.
Rappler has reached out to the Department of Health (DOH) for comment, but it has yet to respond as of this posting
The new COVID-19 variant known as BC117 – believed to be more contagious than the original strain of the novel coronavirus – was first detected in the United Kingdom in September.
On Saturday, January 2, the DOH said that the new COVID-19 variant has not reached the Philippine shores yet.
In a virtual press briefing on Monday, January 4, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that they were expecting this week the results of the genome sequencing of the specimen samples of travelers who arrived in the country.
Genomic sequencing is the process of analysing the virus sample taken from a diagnosed patient and comparing it with other cases to see whether those who tested positive for COVID-19 carry the new variant.
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