Phl detects three more cases of Omicron BA.5

The Department of Health (DoH) on Tuesday reported three more cases of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Omicron BA.5 subvariant.,In a media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the two individuals were from Calabarzon while the other case is still being verified.,Vergeire said the patient, whose location is being verified, is fully vaccinated while one of the two cases from Calabarzon is unvaccinated. The other case from the region is still being verified.,“At the moment, the exposure of individuals is still unknown because they are still undergoing verifications regarding their travel histories,” she said.,“Likewise, the symptoms manifested by the individuals are still unknown, including their close contacts,” she added.,The official also noted that all three additional cases have been tagged as recovered.,Aside from the detected cases of Omicron BA.5, the health department also detected seven more cases of BA.2.12.1, another subvariant of Omicron.,Vergeire said that based on the latest genomic sequencing results, 114 cases or 60 percent were Omicron, 14 cases or 7.4 percent were Delta, while the remaining have no assigned lineage.,The official clarified that the detection of more cases of these variants have nothing to do with the recent increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.,In the same briefing, Vergeire said that there was an increase in the country’s positivity rate of 1.1 percent, compared to the previous week.,The health department also monitored a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila, however, she noted that the capital region, and the rest of the island groups, maintained less than 180 daily cases since April.,“The country remains under low-risk case classification for Covid-19 with a positive two-week growth rate since 25 May,” she said.,“While there has been a slight increase in the number of cases, our average daily attack rate is still less than 1 per 100,000 population,” she added.,Majority of the hospital admissions in the recent weeks were mild and asymptomatic cases, according to the official.