IHU COVID-19 variant not seen to overtake Omicron, Delta in PH – WHO

By CNN Philippines Staff

Published Jan 12, 2022 4:58:54 PM

The World Health Organization does not expect the IHU variant that was first detected in France to become more prevalent in the Philippines than the Omicron or Delta, country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said on Wednesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 12) — The World Health Organization does not expect the IHU variant that was first detected in France to become more prevalent in the Philippines than the Omicron or Delta, country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe said on Wednesday.

“This variant has not shown a capacity to predominate in transmission so it does not seem to have a capacity to be displacing Delta or Omicron,” said Abeyasinghe in a government-led ‘Laging Handa’ public briefing.

The variant has been circulating since September or November last year, Abeyasinghe said. But as of this time, it is not yet a variant of concern.

Instead, it is classified as a variant under monitoring, which means it may pose a future risk but its impact remains unclear.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said the IHU variant will enter the country “whether we like it or not.” But experts said it is not yet a threat.

SOURCE: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2022/1/12/IHU-variant-.html

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