The highly contagious UK Covid19 strain has already arrived in the country, according to officials of the Department of Health (DOH).
The carrier is reportedly a 20-year old businessman residing in Quezon City who left for Dubai with a female friend last December 27, 2020.
The new virus, the DOH said, was detected soon after the subject came back to Manila on January 7.
After disembarkation at the NAIA, he was swabbed and sent to a quarantine hotel; and when the result came in a day later, it turned out positive.
It was learned that the patient was immediately forwarded to a regular quarantine facility in Quezon City for proper monitoring and treatment.
The woman is likewise under strict quarantine and monitoring, despite showing no symptoms of the disease.
Concerned City Hall officials have been directed by Mayor Joy Belmonte to be on extra-alert to prevent the new Covid virus from spreading throughout the local populace.
It should be recalled that no less than U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had warned that authorities should be on the lookout as this strain is more infectious than the old strain.