Palace links surge of COVID-19 cases to new variants, maintains ‘excellence’ in pandemic governance

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Malacañang maintained that they have not been inefficient in managing COVID-19 cases in the country, one year after the Philippine government first declared its community quarantine measures.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday reiterated that the government has been “excellent” in handling cases and the upsurge in infections could be attributed to the new variants recently recorded in the country.

“Umpisa po ng mga kaso natin we were doing a really good job, an excellent job…kailan lang po ito (surge), nangyari lang ng mga lumipas na araw,” Roque claimed.

“Ayokong sabihin na nagpapabaya ang mga Pilipino pero meron po talagang kinalaman itong mga bagong variants na lumalabas,” he added.

It was confirmed by the Health department on Saturday that a new coronavirus variant called P.3 has been traced to the country, and that 98 cases of this variant have already been recorded, following the recent detection of 13 more.

The Department of Health also confirmed that the Philippines’ first case of the P.1 variant first discovered in Brazil was found in the samples of an OFW who returned from Brazil and hails from Western Visayas.

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