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NBI traces close contact of first Covid-19 UK variant patient in Cotabato City

HEALTH • 09:30 AM Wed Jan 27, 2021

COTABATO CITY  - An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) here was traced by the National Bureau of Investigation here and is now under isolation, health officials said.

Dr. Ameril Usman, officer-in-charge of Ministry of Health in Bangsamoro Region, which covers also Cotabato City, has confirmed the OFW patient is being monitored closely by health officials.

“According to our surveillance officer, he is on quarantine and still waiting for the official result, if he turned out positive that will be the time we will send genetic sequencing to Manila,” he said.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) operatives on Tuesday traced the last two passengers exposed to the first Filipino in the country to test positive for UK variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

One of the two is from this city who returned home on January 8. He was among the passengers of United Arab Emirates Flight EK 332 that arrived in Manila last January 7.

The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the Covid-19 United Kingdom variant has already entered the country after samples from a 29-year old Filipino, who arrived from UAE on January 7, had yielded positive after genome sequencing results. (Ferdinandh Cabrera)

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