The Department of Health (DOH) said the Philippines has recorded 81 coronavirus cases characterized by the “highly immune-evasive” XBB Omicron subvariant.
“Batay sa latest sequencing run, nakapagtala na po tayo ng 81 XBB cases mula sa dalawang rehiyon sa bansa,” DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a press briefing on Tuesday.
Vergeire said that the XBB subvariant has an even higher immune evasion ability than BA.5 Omicron subvariant. While the XBB subvariant is more transmissible, and may evade vaccine immunity, the DOH said there was no evidence that it causes more severe disease.
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