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DOH sees no link between COVID-19 cases spike in Pasay and UK variant patient

The Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday, February 24, that it saw no link between the spike in COVID-19 cases in Pasay City to a resident there infected with the more infectious United Kingdom (UK) variant of the virus.

"We did not see any link. We checked the cases. We did not see the spike in cases as directly linked with the specific case we identified – the mother of the MRT3 personnel," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters in a mix of English and Filipino.

On February 15, the DOH said that one of the reported cases of the UK variant of COVID-19 was linked to the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) cluster of virus infections after a 46-year-old female residing in Pasay City tested positive for the new variant.

The case involves the mother of a staffer of the MRT3 depot, where clustering of cases was spotted. The DOH did not give further details about the MRT personnel.

203% spike in cases

In its report published on February 21, the Octa Research Group said that it saw a 203% spike in infections in Pasay City in the last 3 days. The experts said that from the 28-daily-average recorded from February 11 to 17, the city had recorded an average of 86 daily cases from February 18 to 20.

On Tuesday, February 23, the Pasay City government said it put 22 more villages under 14-day enhanced community quarantine, days after it locked down 33 villages due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The pandemic has infected over 110 million people globally. As of Wednesday, the Philippines has 566,420 cases, with 11,129 deaths and 523,321 recoveries. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.

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