- A new and more infectious SARS-CoV-2 strain was found in the Philippines as per health experts
- The virus was globally dominant according to the Philippine Genome Center
- The agency defined the strain as D614G, and that the "G" variant was detected in a small set of samples taken from positive cases
- According to a number of international studies, this more infectious variant is considered as the globally dominant form of the novel coronavirus
It is quite appalling that a more infectious strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been found in the Philippines.
As per GMA's report, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) is the "globally dominant" form.
"Together with the observation that G614 is now the dominant viral state, the authors claim that the said mutation can increase the viral rate of transmission," the PGC stated.
"The D614G mutation makes the virus more infectious (mas nakakahawa)... It can spread faster and overwhelm our healthcare system if we don't double our control efforts and so it can lead to a higher number of overall deaths," Dr. Edsel Salvana, an infectious disease expert stated.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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