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PH’s 1st case of new variant now negative for COVID-19

The Quezon City government announced on Friday that the new swab test conducted on the resident who acquired the UK COVID-19 variant has yielded negative result.

In a press statement, Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), said the doctors at the quarantine facility where the patient is located, are now making their final assessment before they declare him to be fully recovered.

“After that, he would be allowed to reunite with his family and reintegrate with the community,” Cruz said.

The QC official, however, said that the man will be under strict health monitoring in the next two weeks.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte warned those who will be discriminating the patient saying there is an ordinance in the city against discrimination.

“Sa panahon ngayon, huwag na nating bigyang puwang ang diskriminasyon dahil wala itong naitutulong at nakakabigat pa sa sitwasyon,” Belmonte said.

“Sa halip na pandirihan, ipakita natin ang ating pagmamahal sa kanya at iparamdam na tayo’y masaya na siya’y magaling na,” Belmonte added.

The said resident returned to the country from Dubai with his girlfriend on Jan. 7. Upon arrival, he underwent the mandatory testing and 14-day quarantine.

After he tested positive for COVID-19, his sample was sent to Philippine Genome Center for analysis where it was discovered that he had the UK variant.

The resident’s girlfriend and mother, together with 14 other passengers on the said flight, also tested positive for COVID-19. Their test results were also sent to the PGC for analysis if they had the UK variant.

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