THE Department of Health (DOH) detected anew 50 more cases of BA.5 Omicron subvariant, 11 new cases of BA.2.12.1 and two BA.4, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Vergeire said of the 50 new cases of BA.5, 38 were from Western Visayas, five from the National Capital Region (NCR), while seven were returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

One of the patients is fully vaccinated, another is unvaccinated, while the vaccination status of the 48 others is still being identified.

Vergeire said one presented mild symptoms, while the health status of the others is still being verified.

Out of the 50, 41 individuals have already been tagged as recovered, four are still undergoing isolation, while the status of the five others is still being verified.

Of the 11 new cases of BA.2.12.1, seven were from Western Visayas, while the four others were ROFs.

Vergeire said the vaccination status, as well as the signs and symptoms of the new BA.2.12.1 cases are still being verified.

She said 10 of them had already been tagged as recovered, while one is still undergoing isolation.

Vergeire said one individual who tested positive for the BA.4 subvariant was also from Western Visayas, while the other is an ROF.

She said one of them is fully vaccinated.

Both cases are now tagged as recovered.

“At the moment, exposure of individuals is still unknown and travel histories are being verified,” said Vergeire.

The DOH has so far detected a total of 93 BA.5 subvariant cases, 43 BA 2.12.1 and three BA.4 cases.

These subvariants were said to have higher transmissibility as compared to the Omicron, the most transmissible variant of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). (SunStar Philippines)