MANILA – The country has detected 906 additional cases of the Omicron BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Health (DOH) reported Tuesday.
 
In an online media forum, DOH officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at least 10 individuals from Northern Mindanao, Davao Region; Soccsksargen, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), have tested positive for the BA.5 subvariant. 
 
“Two hundred sixty five are from Western Visayas, 127 from the National Capital Region (NCR), 121 from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 97 from Cagayan Valley, 73 Central Luzon, 56 from Calabarzon, 49 from Bicol Region, 40 from Ilocos Region, 39 from MIMAROPA, 13 from Zamboanga Peninsula, 12 from Eastern Visayas, 10 from Central Visayas, and four returning overseas Filipinos,” she said.
 
Of the tally, 682 are fully vaccinated, 14 are partially vaccinated while the vaccination status of the remaining 40 individuals are still being verified. Their exposures and travel histories are still being verified.
 
About 814 individuals are now tagged as recovered, 49 are still undergoing isolation, and the outcomes of the remaining 43 are still being verified.
 
There were also 11 additional BA.4 cases –five from Bicol Region, and two each from Western Visayas, CAR, and the NCR.
 
Nine individuals were fully vaccinated while the vaccination status of the remaining two individuals are still being verified.
 
All 11 individuals are now tagged as recovered but the DOH is still verifying their exposures and travel histories.
 
At least seven additional BA.2.12.1 cases were also detected –four from Ilocos Region, and one each from Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, and Calabarzon.
 
Six are fully vaccinated while the vaccination status of the remaining individual is being verified.
 
They are all tagged as recovered. However, their exposures and travel histories are still being verified.
 
To date, the country has logged a total of 4,013 BA.5 cases, 115 BA.4 cases, and 181 BA.2.12.1 cases. (PNA)