Omicron Subvariant Records 814 Cases in Philippines

800 More Omicron Subvariant Detected this Week

Omicron Subvariant detected in Philippines for more than 800+ cases logs this week the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday.

In the past week, the Philippines discovered over 800 more cases of the COVID-19 Omicron subvariants, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Department of Health (DOH).

According to the most recent sequencing data, which covered the dates of September 16 to 19, 814 new infections of the Omicron BA.5 and BA.4 subvariants as well as additional Omicron sublineages were discovered in the nation.

Based on the report of GMA News, 688 of these new cases, or the majority, were omicron subvariant BA.5 cases.

In this record cases, 126 from National Capital Region (NCR), 104 from Western Visayas, 75 from Cagayan Valley, 73 from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 56 from Calabarzon, 54 from Soccsksargen, 50 from Ilocos Region, 37 from Central Luzon, 25 from Zamboanga Peninsula, 18 from Central Visayas, 17 from Mimaropa, 16 from Caraga, 15 from Bicol Region, six from Bangsamoro Region, two each from Northern Mindanao and Davao Region, and one from Eastern Visayas.

The report also mentioned that, eleven ROFs (returning overseas Filipinos) were also discovered to be positive of the BA.5 subvariant.

The BA.5 has been responsible for a surge in new COVID-19 infections throughout the world and has demonstrated a propensity for eluding the immune defenses provided by either vaccination or prior infection. Along with the BA.5, the nation also found 110 more cases of different Omicron sublineages and 16 more BA.4 cases.

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The BA.4’s “Faster transmission is likely because of its ability to evade immune protection induced by prior infection and/or vaccination, particularly if this has waned over time,” the DOH said.

During the same time period, 97 COVID-19 instances without assigned lineages and one case with an assigned lineage different than the Omicron variation were also reported in the nation.

According to the DOH, these fresh cases’ specimen samples were taken between July 17 and September 11. The DOH registered 3,119 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, making it the nation’s highest daily total of new infections since September 10.

Following eight days in a row with fewer than 3,000 new cases, this brings the overall number of cases nationally to 3,923,727.

There were 27,686 active cases, 3,833,454 overall recoveries, and 62,587 fatalities.

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