Three new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) variants that could threaten the country are being monitored by the Department of Health (DoH).
Sulu placed under lockdown vs. entry of Sabah strain
The strains were first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Malaysia, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.
“The three variants are already being monitored as it (the virus) reflects signature mutations in the spike region of the virus, as has been studied in affected countries,” Vergeire told reporters in a text message.
The UK and South African strains are said to be more transmissible, while it is still unknown if the Malaysian strain — first found in Sabah — is more contagious.
Sulu, which is about a day and a half by boat from Sabah, is already under a hard lockdown as a deterrent against the Malaysian strain.