The Department of Health (DOH) said it has discovered 382 more coronavirus variants among the samples it has sequenced.

According to the DOH, the new variants include 170 B117 (UK variant) cases, 192 B.1.351 (South African) variant cases, one P.1 (first detected in Brazil) variant case and 19 P.3 (first detected in the Philippines) variant cases found from the two batches of 25 samples sequenced on March 28 and 1,336 samples sequenced between March 28 to April 8.

Currently, there are 392 UK variant cases detected nationwide, while the South African variant has 344 cases.

For the P.3 variant, the DOH has tallied 123, while it has tallied two for P.1. The P.3 variant, however, is not a variant of concern at this time.

Among the 170 UK variant infections, the DOH said that eight cases are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) while 119 are local cases, with 43 under verification if these are local or ROF cases. Moreover, two have died while 168 have already recovered.

Meanwhile, from the additional 192 South African variant cases: one case is a ROF while 143 are local cases, and 48 under verification if local or ROF cases. Moreover, two cases are active, three have died, and 187 have already recovered. 

An OFW who came back from Brazil is an active case of the P.1 variant.

Meanwhile, the 19 additional P.3 variant cases include: two are ROFs, 10 are local cases and seven are under verification if local or ROF cases. All cases have recovered. Ronald dela Cruz