President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has proposed for the creation of body that would solely focus on the new variant of COVID-19 after its reported emergence in the United Kingdom (UK) and presence in other countries.
 
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“I would suggest that we create a panel or a — who would just be — whose job could be only to observe the different progression and the identification of the new strain,” President Duterte said.

 
“Nakatutok lang ito sa mga countries, lahat tinamaan ngayon eh. But magtutok tayo dito sa countries where we think that there is a spike and especially dito sa atin and we would know that.”
 
He underscored that even if there is yet a recorded case of infection in the country, the government must be prepared through stricter border control, surveillance, and enhanced monitoring of cases in other countries.