The Philippines reported more cases of the highly contagious coronavirus on Saturday, soon after age restrictions were eased in some areas.
Health Minister Francisco Doc said that a total of 17 cases of a different strain of the virus, B117, had been confirmed. That was first spotted in Britain.
He added that among those cases, 14 cases did not have any travel history or significant exposure to the virus.
“It was only a matter of time before the strain arrived in the country,” Doc told reporters.
Health experts said it was too early to confirm whether there were cases of local transmission of the B117 strain. For the virus.
The first case, which was detected about a week ago, had been confirmed.
The announcement came after the authorities lifted a strict curfew for residents between ten and 65 years of age in areas where infection rates are declining.
Health Undersecretary, Maria Rosario Verger, said experts were studying a recommendation to delay easing age restrictions, especially for children.
Today, Saturday, the Philippine Ministry of Health recorded 1797 new cases of the emerging coronavirus, which brings the total number of infections to 511,000. The death toll from the virus increased by 54, to reach ten thousand and 190 cases.