Omicron magiging ‘predominant SARS-CoV-2’ variant sa Pinas —WHO

Omicron magiging ‘predominant SARS-CoV-2’ variant sa Pinas —WHO

January 12, 2022 @ 1:36 PM 7 months ago

Manila, Philippines — Magiging predominant na rin sa bansa ang Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant, ayon kay World Health Organization country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

“We have been trying to understand the spread of Omicron in the Philippines and it is not surprising because the transmissibility of Omicron is significantly higher than the currently dominant Delta variant. And so, we would expect to see Omicron displacing the Delta variant,” ani Abeyasinghe sa Laging Handa briefing.

Sa pinakabagong  sample sequencing aniya na nakolekta sa National Capital Region (NCR) at returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), pinaka-dominant ang Omicron.

“Now, the problem is that we have seen a very small number of sequencing results of the last month, in December, and the last batch of samples was largely from NCR and from returning overseas Filipinos who tested positive and so, it’s not surprising that among the ROFs and also in NCR that we are seeing now, Delta variant being displaced by the Omicron variant.”

“To say whether it is the predominant variant in the country, it will soon be so but because we have very few sequencing results from the other regions, it’s difficult to conclusively judge. But, it’s not entirely a surprising result, and we believe that in the near future, Omicron will displace Delta variant as the predominant variant as it has done in several other countries,” paliwanag pa nito.

Sa kasalukuyan, natukoy na sa Pilipinas ang 43 Omicron variant case habang 8,497 naman ang Delta variant. RNT/FGDC