By Rey Anthony Chiu/PIA-Bohol | 07:53 PM August 16, 2021
Aside from the main severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS COV), the Philippine Genome Center of the University of the Philippines (UP-PGC), University of the Philippines National institute for Health (UP-NIH) and the Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed three more virus variants in Bohol.
The DOH, UP NIH and UP PGC has confirmed the Alpha variant which was first observed in the United Kingdom and is now known by the scientists as B.1.1.7.
A specimen from a coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ) patient from Tintinan Island in Ubay, which was sent for genome sequencing last July 6 was later detected to be of this variant.
The country’s center into the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis through genome sequencing of the virus affecting Covid patients also noted the Beta variant in 8 of the samples sent for analysis.
The Beta variant, which was first detected in South Africa, is known in the scientific world as B1.351.
These Covid variants were detected in a sample sent last July 11 taken from a patient from Poblacion Getafe, from 2 specimens collected from 2 patients in Bool District here in Tagbilaran who sent their laboratory samples July 13.
Also positive for the Beta variant was from a specimen off a patient from Tontonan Loon, and from Cansague Norte of San Isidro, whose specimens were sent July 9 and 10 respectively.
From the specimens sent to the UP PGC last July 6, the scientists detected the beta variant in a specimen from Estaca Pilar, Lower Bonbon in Loboc and Calvario in Loay.
Scientists also observed the dreaded Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which was first detected in India in samples sent on July 9 and July 14 from a patient of Ubujan Tagbilaran and Pagahat in Candijay
The rest of the specimens, which Bohol sent to the UP PGC turned out to be of the ordinary Covidvirus which is known in the scientific world as P3.
However, from those with the P3, scientists are now looking for some variants of interest which may come out after mutation from the original virus.
In summary, this late, Bohol has one Alpha, 8 Beta and 2 Delta variants, aside from the P3 which is now credited to most of the local transmission.
As to the P3, listed from Bohol are confirmed cases from Poblacion II in Tagbilaran City, Cogon District, Dampas and Poblacion III, one from San Miguel Dagohoy, another from Sungcolan Dauis.
Still another one from Sta Cruz Poblacion Calape, from Abehilan Garcia Hernandez, from Katipunan Carmen, from Virgen Anda,from Poblacion San Isidro, from Tapon Ubay, from Tubod Clarin and from Bilangbilangan Daku island of Bien Unido.
According to the Strategic Communications of the Bohol Inter-Agency Task Force on the management of Emerging Infectious Disease, all of those patients with variants Alpha, Beta and Delta as well as those of the P3 have recovered. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)