DOH Speaks on Condition of 4 Omicron Patients in PH

DOH Confirms 4 Cases of Omicron Variant of COVID-19

DOH – The Department of Health spoke on the condition of the four (4) Omicron variant patients in the Philippines.

Following the detection of a “heavily mutated” variant of COVID-19, the Omicron variant, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries to boost the efforts to prevent its entry and spread. However, it spread fast across nations amid curbs.

The Philippines is one of the countries that implement travel bans on travelers from nations with confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Mass vaccinations were also held. So far, two (2) mass vaccination drives that jabbed more than 10.2 million Filipinos were conducted.

However, due to how rampant and fast the Omicron virus spread across the globe, even the Department of Health (DOH) admitted that its entry into the country is just a matter of time.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire
Photo: The Manila Times

It was last December 15 when the Health Department confirmed that the Philippines recorded its first two (2) cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. One of the patients is a returning Filipino from Japan while the other is a Nigerian man from Nigeria.

Around a week after, a returning Filipino from Qatar tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The fourth case of the variant of concern in the Philippines is a 38-year-old woman from the United States.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOH said that the Omicron patients in the Philippines showed milder symptoms. Two (2) of them experienced cough, colds, and itchy throat while the other two (2) are asymptomatic. Meanwhile, those that experienced mild symptoms were relieved after two to three days.

The husband of the fourth patient of the Omicron variant also tested positive for COVID-19. His sample will reportedly be sent for sequencing to identify the coronavirus variant. More updates may be posted soon.

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