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COVID-9 UPDATE: OMICRON WAVE STARTING IN PHILIPPINES

COVID-9 UPDATE: OMICRON WAVE STARTING IN PHILIPPINES

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.

Read: 4.6K new cases, 535 recoveries added to PH Covid-19 tally


“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.

PHILIPPINES NOW CLASSIFIED AGAIN AS ‘HIGH RISK’ FOR COVID-19

PHILIPPINES now classified again as ‘high risk’ for Covid-19

Vaccination remains key strategy vs Omicron surge

Epidemic curve shows the current average daily cases have increased significantly 

MANILA – The country is now classified high risk for Covid-19 following the increase in cases toward the end of 2021, a health official said Monday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the epidemic curve shows the current average daily cases have increased significantly by 570 percent this week – December 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 – which is seven times higher than in previous weeks.

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“Nationally we are now at high-risk case classification from low-risk case class in the previous week showing a positive two-week growth rate at 222 percent, and a “moderate risk average daily attack rate of 1.07 case for every 100,000 individuals,” Vergeire said in a media forum.

Latest data from the Department of Health showed that the island groups are showing signs of increase in cases while the National Capital Region (NCR) shows a sharp uptick in cases in the recent weeks.

“Likewise, the NCR is at high-risk case classification showing a high risk one week growth rate and two-week growth rate and moderate risk daily average attack rate of 5.42 cases per 100,000 population,” Vergeire said. Read More

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SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES SEEN THIS MONTH

DOH projects COVID-19 cases to peak end-January, may surpass Delta spike

People visit a park in Quezon City, east of Manila on New Year's Day on January 1, 2022.

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Covid-19 infections might peak by the end of the month based on current spike in cases believed ed to be fueled by the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant .

From initial projections by the Department of Health, the surge could surpass the previous wave of infections caused by the Delta variant, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“We have initial projections which state that at the end of January, cases will peak,” Vergeire said.

DOH: 633 more Delta variant cases detected

Another 633 cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded nationwide, a health official said Monday.

In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a total of 748 samples were collected on October 16.

Of the samples collected and sequenced, about 633 or 84.36 percent were Delta variant cases, three or 0.40 percent were Alpha variant cases, and six or 0.80 percent were Beta variant cases.

A total of 17,147 samples have been sequenced and 88.46 percent or 15,168 were listed with lineages as of October 17.

“Incoming international travelers comprise 962 or 5.61 percent [samples sequenced for variants],” Vergeire said.

Vergeire noted that all regions and all cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region (NCR) either have Alpha or Beta variants detected.

The Delta variant, initially detected from returning overseas Filipinos, is now detected in all 17 regions and all NCR cities and lone municipality.

Meantime, the P.3 variant, which was initially observed in only one region in the country, is now detected in all regions. (PNA)