The highly transmissible Omicron variant could be behind the rise in Covid-19 cases in the Davao Region, said the Department of Health on Thursday, January 20.

This developed as the region tallied two days of record-high infections: 1,428 cases on January 19, and 1,453 on January 20.

The region this week recorded three straight days of cases above 1K, logging its highest tally on January 21 with 1,923 cases.

“We cannot deny the fact that maybe this Omicron variant has been circulating here in our region because of the mobility of the people during the holiday season. December pa lang po meron nang na detect na local case from other regions and it’s hinihintay na lang ang time na ma-detect sya for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS),” said Dr. Rachel Joy Pasion, head of DOH-Davao’s Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), in a virtual presser.

The Davao Region already has five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant.

On January 20, 2022 DOH–Davao Region confirmed o three cases of Omicron variant from the 35 specimens sent last December 23 and 29, 2021 to the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC). Two others were found positive in tests in Clark, Pampanga and the National Capital Region (NCR).

Pasion urged the public to always follow the minimum public health standards (MPHS).

she also reminded the local government units (LGUs) to continue with the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) campaign.

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