Unlike what was previously reported, only five passengers from India and not six were COVID-positive including four Filipinos and one foreigner, The Department of Health rectified this on Thursday, April 6.
There are 137 out of 149 passengers with travel history from India who entered the country before the 15-day travel ban imposed on April 29, tested negative. All 129 returning overseas Filipinos and 20 foreign nationals were quarantined upon arrival and tested on the 6th or the 7th day.
Among the five positive cases, one is still in isolation while the disposition of four others is still being verified. Also, the test results of the remaining seven passengers are undergoing verification.
The samples of those positive cases are being checked to determine if they can be subjected to genomic sequencing to identify if they are carrying new COVID-19 variants, including the B.1.617 variant which was first discovered in India.
The country has yet to record a case of the B.1.617 variant.