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Local UK variant carrier’s mom contracts Covid-19

The traveler was aboard passenger of Flight EK 332 from Dubai when he tested positive for the UK variant of the coronavirus which is said to be highly contagious.

Paula Antolin

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Quezon City health officers are puzzled as to how the mother of one of its residents who came back positive of the Covid-19 UK variant after a business trip to Dubai had contracted the Covid-19 without ever getting in touch with her son.

And the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) has only started picking up pieces of information by tracing persons the mother and son have had close contacts with in the past days, including the healthcare and barangay frontline workers who assisted and cared for the son who was the country’s first UK variant victim.

He was transferred from a quarantine hotel in Manila to an isolation facility in Quezon City where he remains today.

The traveler was aboard passenger flight EK 332 from Dubai when he tested positive for the UK variant of the coronavirus which is said to be highly contagious. He left Manila with a negative result as required for travels.

The QC health officials confirmed that he did not have close contact with his mother since he returned.

“Her results will be released any day now,” CESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said as he awaits a report from the Philippine Genome Center last week.

“We are investigating how the mother of our UK variant case got infected with Covid-19, since the index case never set foot at home or in the community and did not have any interaction with her after arriving in the Philippines from Dubai on 7 January 2021,” he said.

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