251 new Covid-19 cases recorded—DOH


The country saw 251 more cases of Covid-19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday, Jan. 19.

In its daily update, the DOH said 10,863 Covid-19 patients are still receiving treatment or undergoing quarantine.

The regions with the most cases in the recent 14 days were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1,626, followed by Calabarzon with 812, Central Luzon with 414, Cagayan Valley with 336, and Western Visayas with 279.

As of Thursday, the Philippines already recorded 4,071,151 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Of this number, a total of 3,994,634 have recovered while 65,654 patients died.

New omicron subvariant cases

In a related development, a total of 45 new cases of Omicron subvariants were found based on the results of the genome sequencing.

The Philippine Genome Center conducted the genome sequencing last Jan.10 to Jan. 16, the DOH said.

Of the 45 cases, 20 were classified as BA.2.3.20, 12 as XBB, one case each as BA.2.75, BA.5, and XBC, and 10 were tagged as other Omicron subvariants.

Also, one additional case was classified as Delta, the DOH noted.

"All additional BA.2.3.20 and XBB cases were local cases from Region 6 and Region 11, while recently detected BA.5 and Delta cases were from NCR," DOH said.

"Meanwhile, the additional BA.2.75 case was from Region 6, while the XBC case was from Region 11," it added.