MANILA – The country has logged its first two cases of Omicron BA.2.75 subvariant, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.

In a press briefing, DOH officer-in-charge Ma. Rosario Vergeire said both cases were from Western Visayas and were already tagged as recovered. The BA.2.75 strain, unofficially dubbed “Centaurus”, was first detected in India in May this year.

About 1,015 additional BA.5 cases were also detected in all regions except in the Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao and three returning overseas Filipinos tested for the subvariant.

Of the tally, 883 have already recovered, while 84 are still undergoing isolation.

The DOH is still verifying the status of the remaining 48 cases.

There were also 26 new BA.4 cases detected.

Six of them were from the National Capital Region (NCR); four from the Cagayan Valley, three from Western Visayas; two each from Central Luzon, Region 4-A (Calabarzon), Bicol Region, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); and one from Ilocos Region.

Twenty-one are already tagged as recovered while two are still under isolation. The outcomes of the remaining three cases are still being verified.

Moreover, 18 new BA.2.12.1 cases were detected -- five from the NCR; three each from Ilocos Region and CAR; two each from Western Visayas, Central Visayas, and Calabarzon; and one from Cagayan Valley.

Thirteen are now tagged as recovered, four are still under isolation, and the status of the remaining is still being verified.

The exposures and travel histories of all the newly detected cases of Omicron subvariants are still being verified. (PNA)