Philippines detects 4th case of omicron variant


Posted at Dec 27 2021 12:14 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2021 03:33 PM

MANILA – The Department of Health confirms the country has now recorded the 4th case of the Omicron variant. 

In an online forum Monday, Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said the 4th case is a 38-year old female who entered the country from the USA on December 10 via Philippine Airlines flight PR 127. 

“On December 13, she had throat itchiness and colds. Her specimen was collected on December 14. When results turned positive on December 15, she was then placed in an isolation facility. She was discharged asymptomatic after a 10-day isolation on December 24,” she said. 

The patient remains to be asymptomatic and is said to be scheduled for another test on Tuesday. 

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The 4th case is among the 46 samples processed in the latest batch of genome sequencing by the Philippine Genome Center. 

Majority of the samples were confirmed to have been infected by the Delta variant. 

All 4 cases with the Omicron variant are international travelers who were screened and quarantined at the border. 

While community transmission of the more transmissible variant has yet to be confirmed, the DOH continues to appeal to the public to continue following minimum public health standards especially now that an uptick in cases in Metro Manila has been observed.

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