BREAKING NEWS: 12 cases of UK coronavirus variant detected in Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Bontoc, Mountain Province - 12 out of 35 specimens from COVID-19 positive cases in this capital town have been confirmed to be of the UK variant.
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.
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, PLGU and MLGU.
Let us cooperate and let us keep safe. Let us all be part of the solution. Together, we shall overcome.
We work as One; we heal as One!
From Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey
All the patients were from Bontoc town, the capital of Mountain Province, and the infections have been traced to a cluster of cases in the province since Dec. 27 last year, records from the Department of Health (DOH) in Cordillera showed.
The patients, five women and seven men, were subjected to coronavirus tests from Jan. 3-9.
It was not immediately known how the patients contracted the more infectious UK strain of SARS Cov2, called B.1.1.7. It is said to be up to 70 percent more contagious.
But earlier, a businessman from Quezon City had tested positive for the UK variant after returning to Mountain Province from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 7.
More updates to follow.