The household and close contacts of the Philippines’ first case of the new COVID-19 variant have been traced and isolated, according to a statement of the Quezon City government.
“The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) has conducted contact tracing on the resident’s close contacts upon his arrival like the healthworkers at the isolation facility where he was brought,” it said.
“As an added precautionary measure, the patient’s immediate household contacts have been brought to an isolation facility where they were also tested,” the statement added.
The local government on Wednesday said it is waiting for the list of passengers who were on the same flight as the 29-year-old patient to contact trace passengers who may be from Quezon City.
The country’s first confirmed case of the UK variant came from Dubai.
“Following strengthened surveillance and border control efforts, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Genome Center today confirm the detection of the B.1.1.7 Sars-COV 2 (UK Variant) in the country,” the DOH said in a statement on Wednesday night.
The patient departed for Dubai on December 27, 2020 for business purposes and arrived in the Philippines last January 7, 2021 via Emirates Flight No. EK 332.
He underwent a swab test and quarantined in a hotel upon arrival.
His female companion tested negative for the virus and is now undergoing strict quarantine protocols.
Both of the passengers said that they had no exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals and had no travel activities outside Quezon City.