Defensor suspects presence of foreign Covid-19 variants in Iloilo

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The surge in Covid-19 infections in the province and the rest of the region may be attributed to the presence of more infectious variants of the virus brought into the Philippines from overseas, according to Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

As of June 9, the province logged 9,084 confirmed infections, including 2,084 active cases, 6,768 recoveries, and 223 deaths.

In yesterday’s press briefing Thursday, Defensor said the provincial government suspects that foreign variants are now present in the province. (

On Monday, the Department of Health-Center for Western Visayas (DOH-6) confirmed four cases of foreign variants in the region: three of the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) which originated from the United Kingdom and one case of the Beta variant (B.1.351) that originated from South Africa.

DOH-6, however, did not specify the area where these cases were detected.