DOH confirms local, not community transmission , of UK COVID-19 variant in Bontoc
“The Department of Health confirms local transmission in Bontoc of the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 as identified through genomic sequencing,” the DOH said in a statement, referring to the variant first detected in the United Kingdom.“To date, all identified cases with the UK variant can be epidemiologically linked to cases coming directly from outside the country (importation) or from specific cases or exposures that can still be identified (local transmission),” the DOH said.
However, it said there is “no strong evidence of community transmission,” based on the definition of the World Health Organization. According to the WHO, community transmission refers to a large number of cases, case clusters in multiple areas and “inability to link cases to known sources of infection.”
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