First case of COVID-19’s Kappa variant detected


The Kappa variant of the highly contagious coronavirus has its first instance detected in the country, according to the Department of Health (DOH).


PAMPANGA, Philippines — DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire confirmed on Monday, 08 November, that the first case of the Kappa variant (B.1.617.1) has been detected in the country.

A 32-year-old male from Floridablanca, Pampanga tested positive for coronavirus, and confirmed that it was of the Kappa variant.

“Further investigations are being done by our regional epidemiology and surveillance unit in order to gather more information on this case, and there is strict monitoring of this case and the community,” Vergeire stated.

The patient in question only exhibited mild symptoms and has already recovered.

Vergeire added that the case is a local case, and that the afflicted male was tested positive this past June, when the Kappa variant was still a Variant of Interest (VOI).

Beginning September 21st of this year, the Kappa variant, along with the known Alpha, Beta, and Gamma variants, has been deescalated to the Variant Being Monitored (VBM) status by the World Health Organization (WHO), due to the steady decline of its circulation. The Delta variant, in contrast, is still considered a Variant of Concern (VOC).

The Kappa variant was first detected in India last October 2020, and is from the same lineage as the Delta variant. (RF/Headline PH)


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