Experts concluded that a particular strain of Covid-19 in the Philippines is ‘globally dominant’ and more infectious compared to other strains.
The Philippine Genome Centre confirmed the presence of D614G or the G variant within a small sample of Covid-19 positive patients at Quezon City.
“Together with the observation that G614 is now the dominant viral state, the authors claim that the said mutation can increase the vital rate of transmission,” according to the first SARS-CoV-2 bulletin of PCG,
While there’s no enough evidence that the G variant is more transmissible to others, the PCG advised that constant monitoring should be in place to prepare for containment strategies and other requirements to help curb its spread.
“Nevertheless, considering the presently wide geographic spread of G614, continuous monitoring of the said mutation… must be done in order to better understand the evolutionary trajectory of SARS-CoV-2 to inform containment, diagnostic, and therapeutic strategies,” PCG added.
Currently, the Philippines has more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases.