THREAD: The new COVID-19 variant is now in the Philippines.

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Should we be alarmed that the new COVID-19 variant is now in PH? "Yes, definitely" says San Lazaro Hospital Infectious Diseases Head Dr. Rontgene Solante. "We need to strengthen our health protocol measures."
Expert on new COVID-19 strain in PH: We need to go house-to-house for patient's close contacts
Expert: We can't be certain countries that haven't reported the new COVID-19 variant actually don't have the new variant. We have learned our lesson. We have to be more vigilant in testing, sequencing of incoming travelers.
Expert: We don't encourage home quarantine. They need to be in a facility so they can be monitored.
Expert suggests all incoming travelers should be tested, quarantined in a facility amid new COVID-19 variant in PH
Expert to public: Comply with minimum health protocols. Don't be complacent.
Expert: Health protocols are there, it's more of the implementation and compliance of these rules
An expert says he's 'excited' to be vaccinated against COVID-19, regardless of the manufacturer.

San Lazaro Hospital Infectious Diseases Head Dr. Solante: We're so excited. This is the most critical time to receive a vaccine.

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