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The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) on Sunday confirmed that 18 additional UK variant cases of COVID-19 have been detected.

All cases in Central Visayas which were found to have two coronavirus mutations of concern have recovered from COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) said Friday.

The Department of Health announced that the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) detected 2 #COVID19  “mutations of concern” in samples from Cebu.

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NEWS UPDATE: The Philippine Genome Center detected two mutations of concern from Cebu City, namely E484K and N501Y. The DOH7 and PGC are investigating the mutations as a "variant of concern." | via @ryanmacasero 

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The Department of Health Central Visayas office says the Philippine Genome Center detected a COVID-19 'variant of concern' in Cebu City. Read:

The Philippine Genome Center has detected a COVID-19 “variant of concern" in Cebu City, the Department of Health Central Visayas said.

According to Vergeire, the Philippine Genome Center can normally process about 750 samples for genome sequencing a week but this was lowered to only 48 samples following a delay in supply last week. | @cgonzalesINQ 

LOOK: Philippine Genome Center says it ran out of reagents for genome sequencing and was only able to sequence 48 samples, all negative for the UK variant. | via @KSabilloINQ 

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There is a possibility that a Philippine variant of #COVID19  could surface if #coronavirus  cases in the country continue to rise, according to the Philippine Genome Center. Related news:

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@KSabilloINQ  Vergeire said the results of the genome sequencing might be released by Thursday night or later due to the large volume of samples (750 in one batch) being tested by the Philippine Genome Center. | via @KSabilloINQ 

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BREAKING: Department of Health and Philippine Genome Center confirm the detection of B.1.1.7. SARS-CoV-2 variant (UK variant) in the country.

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READ: DOH and the Philippine Genome Center confirm the detection of the UK variant of #COVID19  in PH after samples from a Filipino who arrived from UAE on January 7 yielded positive genome sequencing results. | via @KSabilloINQ 

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UP-Philippine Genome Center and UP Manila-NIH are tasked to handle the sequencing of COVID-19 samples for the next two weeks. They are in need of PPE, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, disposable impermeable lab gowns and caps, face shields, and shoe covers. | @EllalynRuiz 

The UP is asking for donations of personal protective equipment for members of the Philippine Genome Center, who are tasked to study COVID-19 samples for genetic sequencing. | @CMarquezINQ 

In less than a month, scientists from the UP-National Institutes of Health and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) may roll out a commercial version of the local testing kit they have developed for suspected patients of COVID-19. | @MariejoRamosINQ 

@angelicayyang  LOOK: Dr. Aleyla Escueta-de Cadiz and her team from the University of the Philippines Mindanao were awarded the Newton Researcher Links Workshop grant for their study in bringing cutting edge advances in omics science through the Philippine Genome Center. | via @angelicayyang 

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The Philippine Genome Center in Diliman promises to conduct molecular-level research in the fields of health and medicine, agriculture, forensics and ethnicity, industry, and the environment. #ScienceNature 

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