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Philippines logs 29 more cases of Omicron variant

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The Department of Health (DoH) on Thursday reported 29 new cases of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of concern from the latest samples sequenced by the Philippine Genome Center on 2 January 2022.

Of the new cases, 10 are returning overseas Filipinos and 19 local cases with indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, bringing the total number of confirmed Omicron variant cases to 43.

Based on the latest samples sequenced report of the Philippine Genome Center on 2 January 2022, the newly-detected cases the more transmissible Omicron variant are composed of 10 are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) and 19 local cases with indicated addresses in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The DoH said it is still verifying the test results and health status of all passengers of these flights to determine if there are other confirmed cases or passengers who became symptomatic after arrival.

The agency did not provide the details of when and how the 10 ROF came home, including the flight details of these individuals.

Meanwhile, of the 19 local cases, 14 cases are still active, three cases have been tagged as recovered, while there are two cases whose outcome are still being verified.

Aside from additional cases of the Omicron variant, there were also 18 cases of the Delta variant that had been detected in the latest biosurveillance report.

The latest sequencing run was composed of samples from 19 ROF and 29 local cases from areas with case clusters.

Of the additional 18 Delta variant cases, eight were ROF while the remaining ten are local cases which also have an indicated address in NCR.

The newly-detected cases of Delta variant pushed the total number of confirmed Delta variant cases to 8,497 — making it the most dominated variant in the country.

The DoH urged the eligible individuals, especially our senior citizens, those with comorbidities, and children to get vaccinated and boosted immediately.

“Vaccines are still our best defense and proven to be safe, effective, and free. Let’s not be agents of transmission and prevent further spread of the virus as more transmission means more mutations,” the agency said.

The agency also encouraged the public to get tested and seek health emergency assistance through the department’s telemedicine’s services to avoid congestion in hospitals.

“At the earliest signs of symptoms, remember to isolate immediately and do the right test at the right time,” the department said.

“Finally, let us maximize our telemedicine services and keep our hospitals from filling up. You may access these services at bit.ly.DOHTelemedicine,” it added.

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