- Mutated virus strain of the new coronavirus has been detected in Southeast Asia and it is being studied in the Philippines
- The Philippines is studying to see whether the mutation makes it more infectious
- The strain was found in a Malaysian cluster of 45 cases that started from someone who returned from India and breached his 14-day home quarantine
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Southeast Asia is facing a strain of the new coronavirus that the Philippines is currently studying to see whether the mutation makes it more infectious.
According to Bloomberg, the Philippines found the strain among random COVID-19 samples in the largest city of its capital region.
The strain, which is called D614G, was found in a Malaysian cluster of 45 cases that started from someone who returned from India and breached his 14-day home quarantine.
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In a virtual briefing on Monday, August 17, the Philippines’ health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated that the mutation “is said to have a higher possibility of transmission or infectiousness".
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Vergeire said: "But we still don’t have enough solid evidence to say that that will happen."
The strain has been found in many other countries and has become the predominant variant in Europe and the United States.
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However, the World Health Organisation has said there is no evidence the strain leads to more severe disease.
In other news, the commissioner for information, culture and tourism in Oyo state, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, has revealed how he recovered from the deadly coronavirus.
Olatunbosun, who spent 56 days in isolation, said he took not less than 25 bottles of black seed oil, a bowl of black seed, lots of alligator pepper, bitter cola as well as different brands of herbal concoctions to beat the deadly disease.
The commissioner said he drank the herbal concoction at intervals and used it for steaming after his normal drugs.
He said the government must seek ways to supplement orthodox and traditional medicine, especially the use of local herbs for patients.
Olatunbosun said: “You would not believe that while I was on self-isolation at home, some people still came to my house on Sallah day to celebrate with me."
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