DOH reports additional 368 cases of Covid-19


Another 368 more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The number of active cases nationwide rose to 12,473, as shown in the DOH Covid-19 tracker.

In the past two weeks, Metro Manila registered the highest number of cases with 1,860. It was followed by Calabarzon with 954, Central Luzon with 475, Cagayan Valley with 403, and Western Visayas with 321.

The Philippines has already logged 4,070,136 confirmed cases since the pandemic started two years ago.

Of the total, the DOH said that 3,992,088 patients were able to survive from the viral illness. However, 65,575 people succumbed to Covid-19.

Omicron variants

In a related development, the DOH found 128 more cases of omicron variant and its subvariants.

Of the figure, 52 cases were tagged as BA.2.3.20; 28 were identified as XBB; 10 were classified as BA.5; 13 as XBC; and one BA.2.75. Twenty four other cases were tagged as other Omicron subvariants.

These were the results of the genome sequencing conducted by the Philippine Genome Center from Jan. 3 to 9.

Of the BA.2.3.20 cases, 51 were local cases from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and National Capital Region (NCR). The other case was a returning overseas Filipino (ROF), the DOH said.

For XBB, all were local cases from Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Davao Region, Calabarzon, CAR, and NCR.

Of the BA.5 cases, six were local cases from Western Visayas and Davao Region, while the other four cases were classified as ROFs.

Of the XBC cases, all were tagged as local cases also from Western Visayas and Davao Region.

The lone BA.2.75 case was a local case detected in Western Visayas.