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Bulacan records no community transmission of UK, South African variants
By: PPAO
Monday, 15 March 2021
CITY OF MALOLOS - The Provincial Government of Bulacan clarified that there is still no recorded community transmission of UK and South African COVID-19 variants in the province.
According to Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Provincial Health Officer II of Bulacan Medical Center, three returning Overseas Filipino Workers tested positive in the new variant of COVID-19 wherein 2 of them have the UK variant and the other one has the African variant when they arrived in the country from Middle East last February 2021.

Upon arrival in the country, the OFWs have undergone the OWWA Quarantine Operations wherein two of them were asymptomatic while the other one shows mild symptoms with cough and colds.

"Nakatapos na ng quarantine ang mga returning OFWs nang lumabas ang resulta ng genome sequencing o ang proseso na isinasagawa upang malaman ang COVID-19 variant," Celis said.

She added, "Kahit na recovered ang mga ito, mabilis paring naisagawa ang contact tracing at na-identify ang close contact at ang muling pag-quarantine sa mga returning OFWs gayundin ang pagsasagawa ng RT-PCR test sa mga close contact kung saan negatibo ang lumabas na resulta ng karamihan sa mga ito. Habang ang isang nagpositibo na close contact ay isasailalim din sa genome sequencing."

Furthermore, the two patients who have the UK variant are once again scheduled for swabbing this March 15 and 19 for extra precautionary measures.

"Sinusubaybayan natin ang sitwasyon dito sa Bulacan at mahigpit na minamatyagan ang mga kaso lalo na sa mga bayang malapit sa Metro Manila. Magpapatuloy din ang ating selective lockdown sa mga pook o sitio na magtatala ng mataas na kaso. Ito ay isinasagawa natin alang-alang sa kaligtasan ng publiko," Gov. Daniel R. Fernando said.

He added, "sa araw na ito, ako ay mahigpit na nananawagan ng sama-samang panalangin sa ating makapangyarihang Diyos. Una sa lahat, habang 'di pa completely natatapos ang pagbabakuna, paigtingin ang pagpapatupad ng minimum health standards, mag-ingat po tayo at huwag na huwag magpabaya. Huwag pong ipagwalang bahala ang minumum health standards (face mask, face shield, physical distancing). Sa patnubay ng Diyos, ang health protocols na ito ang magliligtas sa ating buhay at ang pagpapabaya dito ay mangangahulugan ng ating kapahamakan."

The BMC and Provincial Health Office-Public Health also reminded Bulakenyos to be more observant and to avoid sharing unverified information circulating in social media. Also, make sure to follow the minimum health standards which are the most effective way to avoid acquiring any variant of COVID-19. ###

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