The known number of Omicron COVID-19 variant cases detected in the City of Baguio has risen to nine after seven more additional cases have been discovered. According to the Public Information Office of the city, the data is according to the biosurveillance report submitted by the Philippine Genome Center on Tuesday. Tagged as a variant of concern (VOC), the more transmissible Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant has been seen as the culprit behind the ongoing surge of cases in the city.
The first two cases of the Omicron variant were detected by the PGC on January 19, after positively identifying specimens collected in December last year to be afflicted of the highly virulent variant.
PIO said that according to the PGC report, the number of cases in the city with variants of concern-identified affliction now totals 400. The breakdown is as follows:
- Alpha – 117
- Beta – 52
- Delta – 222
- Omicron – 9
While no specific information and timeline on the detection of the individual Omicron cases were reported, it was mentioned that all of the detected Omicron cases have now recovered from the coronavirus while contact tracing and link analysis are being done to find the origin of the transmission.