DOH to put up separate facilities for UK variant-positive

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A TOP Health official hinted on the possibility of putting up separate facilities for patients diagnosed as positive for the highly-contagious mutated coronavirus strain from the United Kingdom.

In a radio interview, Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega and concurrent treatment czar, also underscored the need to fortify contact tracing and sampling positive cases after the Philippines reported its first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant first found in the UK.

However, contact tracing of passengers onboard the flight of the 29-year-old Filipino who arrived from Dubai on Jan. 7, has not been cooperating well.

“Pinaka-importante ho dito would be contact tracing agad kung sino man ang naging direct contact up to 3rd level of generation contact at ma-quarantine talaga for 14 days,” Vega was quoted in the radio interview.

“Dapat mas madalas, regular na ang biosurveillance ng positive sample… atsaka yung mga positive cases na galing sa restrictive areas kailangan masampling sila lahat sa Philippine Genome Center.”

Government will build a separate ward for patients who contract the more transmissible variant should it spread, Vega said.

“Kung magiging dominant po ang gagawin po namin talagang magbubukod kami ng ward for COVID (new) variant patients,” he said.

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