DOH Confirms 4th Omicron Case in PH, Releases Details

DOH Speaks on 4th Case of Omicron Variant in PH

DOH – The Department of Health confirmed the 4th case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines.

Many countries boosted their efforts to prevent the entry of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The said variant was reported to be “heavily mutated” thus the World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries about it. However, the variant of concern undeniably spread fast.

Several nations implement travel restrictions on travelers from countries with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant. The Philippines is one of those that tightened its borders on some countries.

PH also logged cases of the Omicron variant. The first three (3) cases confirmed were travelers from abroad. Recently, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed another case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the country.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire
Photo: The Manila Times

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH said that the 4th case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the Philippines is a 38-year-old female who traveled from the United States. She arrived in the country last December 10 via Philippine Airlines flight PR 127.

According to the report, the patient finished her facility-based isolation last December 24 and she is currently under home isolation. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Philippines stays at minimal risk in terms of the COVID-19 cases but there is an increase in the cases in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Compared to the cases during the 2nd week of December, the average COVID-19 case in NCR is 49% higher. Everyone is encouraged to remain vigilant as the threats of coronavirus are still present.

The Philippines boosted its vaccination efforts. It recently held mass vaccinations and initial drive vaccinated 10.2 million Filipinos. The giving of booster shots for the fully vaccinated healthcare workers, senior citizens, and individuals with co-morbidities has also started.

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