The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has created a technical working group or TWG to focus on monitoring and understanding the new variant of COVID-19.

The new strain which originated from the United Kingdom is SARS-CoV-2 also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The creation of the  Technical Working Group, ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte,  “to monitor and identify the occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 variants in the country, ” was approved yesterday by the IATF through Resolution No. 92, signed by IATF chairman Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and IATF co-chairman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles.

Duterte ordered creation of the TWG as he expressed concern over the possible entry of the UK variant of Covid-19 into the country.

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