BREAKING NEWS: 6 travelers from India test positive for COVID-19 — DOH

BREAKING NEWS: 6 travelers from India test positive for COVID-19 — DOH

 We just hope they are not the variant that is currently sweeping the big and populous country of India.

Six (6) travelers from India, who have arrived in the Philippines before the travel ban, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said

The six were part of the 110 travelers from India who have arrived from India before the country imposed a travel ban which was imposed and have already undergone COVID-19 testing.

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“As to these Indian travelers that were quarantined upon arrival here before the restrictions were imposed. One-hundred-ten of them underwent testing and six turned out to be positive and it is now submitted to the Philippine Genome Center for whole genome sequencing,” she said in an online press briefing.


Usec. Vergeire said authorities are still locating six other travelers.


The Philippines started implementing the travel ban on April 29 amid the surge of COVID-19 cases there. The travel ban will end on May 14.


The ban covers those coming from India and those with travel history to India within the last 14 days before the restriction.

India is the newest coronavirus epicenter that is why the Health authorities are very much concern about the B.1.617 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that India first reported in October last year.

The World Health Organization has categorized the variant as a “variant of interest” as it was found to have several mutations, including the E484Q and L452R, leading to it being called the “double mutant.”


Experts say that the E484Q mutation is similar to the E484K dubbed as “escape mutation” as it helps the virus get past the body’s immune system. Meanwhile, the L452R was found by a Californian study to be an efficient spreader of the virus.

The said variant is still not detected in the country.

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