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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday hoped that the new Covid-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom will not be as “more dangerous” and “more toxic” compared with the first strain from Wuhan in China.

He made the remark after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III confirmed the detection in the Philippines of the new Covid-19 variant.

“May bagong monster na naman,” the Chief Executive said in his televised talk to the people.

“I pray to god na sana hindi ito more dangerous (and) more toxic than the original COVID,” he added.

Duque shared that the new variant was detected in a 29-year-old male who recently travelled to Dubai. He arrived in Manila last week.

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