By Teddy Cambosa

Health authorities in the Philippines have announced that 114 of the new cases in the country are linked to the three new coronavirus variants, two of which are of major concern.


Of these new cases, 46 are infected with the variant first identified in the United Kingdom known as B.1.1.7, 62 are infected with the variant first seen in South Africa known as B.1.351 and six are infected with the variant first detected in the Philippines known as P.3.

The total number of B.1.1.7 cases in the Philippines is now at 223, while the total number of B.1.351 cases is 152, and the total number of P.3 cases is 104.

The detection of more cases of coronavirus variants came as the country faces a shocking surge in COVID-19 cases after the government pushed to loosen restrictions further.

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.