No Omicron case detected in PH


No case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has been detected in the Philippines, the Department of Health said on Monday.

It said that out of the 629 samples tested, nearly 91 percent, or 571 samples, contained the Delta variant. The others were the Beta and Alpha variants.

Meanwhile, out of the 253 passengers who arrived from South Africa from November 15-29, 80 had been located. Four were re-tested but were found negative of the Omicron variant.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that of the 80 who had been located, 71 are under facility quarantine, four are on home quarantine, and five have been discharged after completing the required quarantine period.

Vergeire said that studies regarding possible transmissibility of Omicron are ongoing.

“Mahirap gumawa ng (It is hard to create a) study comparing these variants with other studies existing across the globe, but still they are doing their studies and in one to two weeks, maybe we can get more information on this,” Vergeire said during her regular briefing.

Despite the threat of Omicron, the country remains under minimal risk classification, with a two-week average daily attack rate of -57 percent and an average daily attack rate of 0.67 cases per 100,000 population.

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