DoH logs 128 new Omicron subvariant cases

The Department of Health announced on Sunday that it has detected a total of 128 new Omicron subvariant cases in the country based on the latest genomic sequencing data by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center and the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The agency said that data garnered from 3 to 9 January 2023 showed that 52 were classified as Omicron BA.2.3.20 subvariant cases out of the 137 sequenced samples.

The latest genomic sequencing also detected 28 cases of Omicron XBB subvariant, 13 cases of XBC subvariant, 10 cases of BA. 5 — including three cases classified as BF.7 and one case classified as BQ.1 — one case of Omicron BN.1, and 24 cases of other Omicron subvariants.

The Health department also detected a single case of Delta, with a collection date in mid-December 2022.

Of the 52 additional BA.2.3.20 cases, 51 were local cases from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region, while the remaining case was a returning overseas Filipino.

The recently detected BN.1 case, reported under BA.2.75, was a local case from the Western Visayas, according to the Health department.

“Of the ten new BA.5 cases, six were local cases from Region 6 and 11, while the remaining four cases were classified as ROFs,” the agency said.

“All additional XBB and XBC cases were local cases coming from Regions 1, 3, 4A, 6, 7, 11, CAR, and NCR. The additional Delta case was a local case from Region 3,” it added.

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