DOH reports detection of additional Omicron subvariant cases

Published July 5, 2022, 9:31 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday, July 5, that 43 BA.5 cases, 20 BA.2.12.1 cases, and seven BA.4 cases were detected in the latest whole genome sequencing run.

Omicron variant of COVID-19 (MB FILE PHOTO)

In a statement together with the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), DOH stated that this was found among 211 samples sequenced between June 29 to July 4.

“In total, there were 190 cases testing positive for the Omicron Variant of Concern and all of its sublineages (90.5 percent), while 21 samples have no lineage assigned,” DOH said.

The agency added that of the 190 Omicron VOC cases detected in this run, 185 are local cases and five are Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) cases.

Forty-two of the 43 BA.5 cases, 16 of the 20 BA.2.12.1 cases, and all seven BA.4 cases are local, while the remaining four BA.2.12.1 and one BA.5 case are ROFs.

According to DOH’s data, this brings the total number of confirmed Omicron cases to 7,919.

“Total hospital bed utilization nationwide still remains at low risk, and there were no deaths among the cases testing positive for the Omicron sub-variants. Nevertheless, maintaining minimum public health standards and being up-to-date on vaccination should still be practiced by every Filipino to reduce transmission,” Undersecretary Maria Rosario Singh-Vergeire of the Public Health Services Team said in a statement.