Taguig mayor on Omicron variant threat: Get vaccinated

Published December 18, 2021, 5:22 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano said people should get vaccinated amid the threat of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of  SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

The Department of Health (DOH) detected two Omicron variant cases in the Philippines last Dec. 14. 

Vaccination in Taguig (screenshot from Taguig City government video)

One Omicron-positive case is a 48-year-old male who is a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) who arrived in the Philippines from Japan on Dec. 1 on Philippine Airlines flight number PR 0427. His sample was collected on Dec. 5 and he tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Dec. 7. The patient is in an isolation facility managed by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) and is asymptomatic but had symptoms of colds and cough upon arrival, according to the DOH. 

The other case is a Nigerian national who arrived in the country from Nigeria on Nov. 30 aboard Oman Air with flight number WY 843. His sample was collected on Dec. 6 and he tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 7. He is asymptomatic and is now in the BOQ isolation facility. 

“We continue to be cautious because Omicron, the newest variant, was found in returning travelers. They were in quarantine when it was found out but according to experts, it is only a matter of time before it will enter (communities),” said Cayetano in his weekly COVID-19 report. 

He urged people to get vaccinated, wear face masks and observe social distancing as protection against the Omicron variant. 

The Taguig City government recorded 92 new COVID-19 cases or 13 cases per day from Dec. 10 to 16, higher by 16 cases compared to the total of 76 recorded last week or 11 per day. 

As of Dec. 16, Taguig has 25 active COVID-19 cases including nine new cases for the day out of 52,396 confirmed cases, 51,930 recoveries and 441 deaths. 

Of the 28 barangays in Taguig, 12 have active cases: Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan, New Lower Bicutan, Tuktukan, Ususan, Wawa, Central Bicutan, Central Signal, Fort Bonifacio, Katuparan, Pinagsama, and South Signal. The rest have zero active COVID-19 cases.