By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante has told residents not to be alarmed and remain calm after the city recorded its first case of the Beta variant of COVID-19.
In a radio interview yesterday morning, Escalante explained the Beta variant case was from April and the patient was swabbed and underwent quarantine.
After a 14-day quarantine, the patient was again placed in isolation at home, and was re-swabbed which came out negative.
The said case which was recorded in the city’s Barangay Burgos is currently tagged as COVID-free.
Last week, the Department of Health in Western Visayas revealed that two residents of Negros Occidental were infected with two different variants of COVID-19.
The other patient was a resident of La Carlota City which was infected with the Alpha variant.
The Beta variant was first detected in South Africa last year, and just like the Alpha variant which first appeared in the United Kingdom, the Beta variant is 50 percent more contagious compared to the original strain of COVID-19./DGB, WDJ