The Department of Health and the Philippine Genome Center have not detected the UK variant, or any new variant of SARS-COV-2 in the country.

The DOH issued the statement late Monday in response to social media posts that the new coronavirus variant was detected in Metro Manila.

Declaring the social media reports as fake news, DOH urged the public to refrain from sharing unverified information.

The health agency called on the public to avoid disseminating unverified information that may cause panic and confusion and also strict compliance to minimum and mandated health protocols set by the government.

“Whether or not a new variant is detected, the DOH reiterates that strict adherence to minimum public health standards is the best defense against COVID-19 and strongly urges the public to continue practicing across all settings to lower the rate of infection and reduce the risk of viral mutation,” the DOH said.

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