The Omicron variant of the coronavirus may soon replace Delta as the dominant variant in the Philippines, World Health Organization country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said Wednesday.Abeyasinghe noted that it would be difficult to determine soon which variant is… Read More
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Covid-19 infections might peak by the end of the month based on current spike in cases believed ed to be fueled by the highly infectious Omicron coronavirus variant .
From initial projections by the Department of Health, the surge could surpass the previous wave of infections caused by the Delta variant, according to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
“We have initial projections which state that at the end of January, cases will peak,” Vergeire said.
Despite studies showing the Omicron variant to be a “milder strain” of Covid-19, Malacañang reminded the public Monday not to be complacent as other more lethal strains of the coronavirus, such as Delta, continue to exist.Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary… Read More
By ROGER M. BALANZA
THIS IS THE START, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega said of what he called as the ‘Omicron Wave’ that is coming to the country as COVID-19 cases doubled daily in recent days.
“this is the start and we are very sure that this will peak, ” said Vega, also the and country’s Covid-19 treatment czar.
“Well, it looks like the Omicron wave is upon us. And we’ve seen this globally across South Africa and Europe and there has been a steady increase in our landscape here in the Philippines in terms of the Omicron,” Vega said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
“Our numbers have doubled and this is the start and we are very sure that this will peak. When it will press down and decelerate, we don’t know, but what is very important is that we are prepared for this Omicron virus,” he added.
On Sunday, the Philippines recorded 4,600 new COVID-19 cases — the highest recorded since Oct. 24, 2021.
The new infections raised the number to 21,418 number to or almost back to the number of cases the country had in November of last year before the number of daily cases dipped below 1,000 during the holidays.
When asked if the DOH was certain that the rise in cases is due to the Omicron variant, Vega said the Delta variant is still the most dominant variant in the country in terms of number of cases.
“I think we have still the Delta around… but since we reported our first Omicron case way back December 5 and there has been a continuously increase in the sequencing of this Omicron virus, it looks like we will presume that the Omicron is here, but it’s still not dominant,” Vega said.
“I think in about three to four weeks, as predicted, the Omicron will be dominant in terms of 50% or 90% of the cases overtaking the Delt
Israel reports first double infection of Covid and flu
At a time when the world is grappling with Delta and Omicron variants, and the combination of both called ‘Delmicron’ variant of coronavirus, Israel has reported its first case of ‘flurona’— a simultaneous coronavirus and flu infection.
The first ‘flurona’ virus was found in a woman who recently gave birth in a hospital in Petah Tikva city, in central Israel, Ynet news portal reported on Thursday. READ MORE
Variant found in almost a third of states
The Omicron, the latest, most contagious and deadliest variant of Covid-19 coronavirus disease, has now spread to about one-third of US states.
But the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday, December 5.
The emergence of the new variant, now also found in many other countries including Europe, has caused wordlwide alarm.
At least 15 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of the 90,000 to 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States, according to the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Over 59-M shots given
Over 27 million Filipinos are now fully protected against coronavirus infections, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 tracker on Sunday (Oct. 31).
Based on the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard, the Philippines has already administered 59,134,236 doses nationwide.
Of the total, 31,862,067 doses were given as first shots and 27,272,169 were used as second doses.