Philippines logs 225 more cases of omicron subvariants

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Posted at Aug 12 2022 12:20 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2022 04:44 PM

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron virus particles (yellow) replicating within the cytoplasm of an infected CCL-81 cell (red). Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron virus particles (yellow) replicating within the cytoplasm of an infected CCL-81 cell (red). Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

MANILA (UPDATE) — The Philippines has detected 225 more cases of highly transmissible omicron subvariants BA.5, BA.4, and BA.2.12.1, the Department of Health said Friday.

The country found 190 additional cases of the omicron BA.5, 34 more cases of the BA.4, and 1 new case of the BA2.12.1, DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said. 

The new figures raised the country's total to 4,203 BA.5 cases, 182 BA.2.12.1 cases, and 149 BA.4 cases, Vergeire said. 

Of the 190 new BA.5 cases, a total of 175 have recovered, while 7 are undergoing isolation, and the status of the remaining 8 patients is being verified, according to Vergeire. Most of them are vaccinated against the disease.

A total of 34 more BA.4 patients were also reported, in which 33 have recovered, while the status of the remaining case is still being verified, the DOH said.

Meanwhile, a patient from Davao Region tested positive for BA.2.12.1 variant. The individual is now tagged as recovered, Vergeire said.

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Courtesy of DOH

Courtesy of DOH

Courtesy of DOH

In the press briefing, the DOH officer-in-charge said the country remained low risk for COVID-19 despite a slight increase in ICU admissions, and severe and critical cases.

The country's ICU utilization rate rose to 28 percent from the previous 26 percent, she said.

To date, there are 871 severe and critical COVID-19 cases, which translates to 9.27 percent of the total hospital admissions.

Majority of those admitted to hospitals for coronavirus remain asymptomatic at 40.98 percent, while mild cases are at 40.77 percent, Vergeire said.

So far, some 72 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Of the figure, some 16.8 million have received their additional jab while 1.7 million have gotten their second booster shots.

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