By ROGER M. BALANZA
THIS IS THE START, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said of what he called as the ‘Omicron Wave’ that is coming to the country as COVID-19 cases doubled daily in recent days.
“This is the start and we are very sure that this will peak, ” said Vega, also the and country’s Covid-19 treatment czar.
“Well, it looks like the Omicron wave is upon us. And we’ve seen this globally across South Africa and Europe and there has been a steady increase in our landscape here in the Philippines in terms of the Omicron,” Vega said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
“Our numbers have doubled and this is the start and we are very sure that this will peak. When it will press down and decelerate, we don’t know, but what is very important is that we are prepared for this Omicron virus,” he added.
On Sunday, the Philippines recorded 4,600 new COVID-19 cases — the highest recorded since Oct. 24, 2021.
The new infections raised the number to 21,418 number to or almost back to the number of cases the country had in November of last year before the number of daily cases dipped below 1,000 during the holidays.
When asked if the DOH was certain that the rise in cases is due to the Omicron variant, Vega said the Delta variant is still the most dominant variant in the country in terms of number of cases.
“I think we have still the Delta around… but since we reported our first Omicron case way back December 5 and there has been a continuously increase in the sequencing of this Omicron virus, it looks like we will presume that the Omicron is here, but it’s still not dominant,” Vega said.
“I think in about three to four weeks, as predicted, the Omicron will be dominant in terms of 50% or 90% of the cases overtaking the Delta variant.