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New Omicron variant cases unrelated to tally hike

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New Omicron variant cases unrelated to tally hike

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New cases of the Omicron subvariants BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 have been found in the latest genome testing, but the Department of Health (DOH) said it was “not directly related” to the slow rise in COVID-19 infections. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 10 more cases of BA.2.12.1 and six new cases of BA.5 with unknown travel histories and exposure were found in the results of the genome sequencing run as of June 13. Of the 16 cases, seven were fully vaccinated while the vaccination status of the rest were being verified. “The DOH would like to say that the slow increase in cases is not directly related to the entry of subvariants,” Vergeire added. —KATHLEEN DE VILLA


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