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HUNT ON FOR CLOSE CONTACTS OF OMICRON SUBVARIANT BA.2.12 VICTIM

3 of 4 QC contacts of BA.2.12 case test negative; 1 leaves PH

  The country’s first detected case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron subvariant had four close contacts from Quezon City.In a message to the Philippine News Agency on Friday, Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), also corrected… Read More

OMICRON SPREADS TO MORE AREAS

15 LOCATIONS IN METROMANILA HAVE  OMICRON CASES

15 LOCATIONS IN METROMANILA HAVE OMICRON CASES

The Department of Health (DOH) said 15 areas in Metro Manila already have cases of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Omicron variant.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau director Dr. Alethea de Guzman bared the alarming report during a congressioanl hearing on January 18. She, however, did not identify the locations.

De Guzman said the increase in COVID-19 cases was due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

“Our latest whole genome sequencing showed that the Omicron variant is now the predominant variant in the National Capital Region,” de Guzman said.

She said Omicron has been detected in 13 of 17 regions and in 15 of 17 areas in the National Capital Region.

29 MORE PINOYS GET COVID-19 OMICRON

CONFIRMED CASES NOW AT 43

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 29 new cases of the Omicron variant detected from the 48 samples sequenced last January 2.

In a joint statement with the University of the Philippines – Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and the University of the Philippines – National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) the DOH also reported 18 cases positive for the Delta variant while one had no lineage assigned.

The agencies noted that the latest sequencing run was composed of samples from 19 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and 29 local cases from areas with case clusters.

“The 29 Omicron variant cases are composed of 10 ROFs and 19 local cases with indicated addresses in the National Capital Region (NCR), bringing the total number of confirmed Omicron variant cases to 43,” the DOH said.

Of the 19 local cases, 14 are still active while three have been tagged as recovered.  Read More

UNITED STATES SETS GLOBAL RECORD: ONE MILLION COVID-19 CASES IN A DAY

OMICRON ACCOUNTS FOR 95.4% OF CASES

The United States set a global record of almost 1 million new coronavirus infections reported on Monday.

According to a Reuters tally, the alarming figure is nearly double the country’s peak hit just a week ago as the h

ighly contagious Omicron variant shows no sign of slowing.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen nearly 50% in the last week and now exceeds 100,000, a Reuters analysis showed, the first time that threshold has been reached since the winter surge a year ago.

The average number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths per day has remained fairly steady throughout December and into early January at about 1,300, according to a Reuters tally, though deaths typically lag behind cases and hospitalizations.

Omicron appears to be far more easily transmitted than previous iterations of the virus. The variant was estimated to account for 95.4% of the coronavirus cases identified in the United States as of Jan. 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.