MORE than 100 additional cases of Omicron subvariant of Sars-CoV-2, which causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), were detected in the Philippines, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

In a press briefing, DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said the latest genome sequencing results detected 95 additional BA.5 cases, seven additional BA.4 cases, and two additional BA.2.12.1 cases.

"At the moment, the exposure of individuals, travel histories, and health status are being verified," said Vergeire.

For the additional BA.5 cases, 67 individuals came from Davao Region, 25 from Soccsksargen, and one each from Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the National Capital Region (NCR).

There were 52 individuals that are fully vaccinated, three cases have not been vaccinated, while the vaccination status of the remaining 40 are still being verified.

A total of 83 individuals have now been tagged as recovered, five are still undergoing isolation, while the status of the remaining seven is still being verified.

In total, there are already 3,107 BA.5 cases in the country.

For the additional BA.4 cases, five individuals came from Soccsksargen and two from Davao Region.

All seven cases have been fully vaccinated and have been tagged as recovered, said the DOH.

As to the BA.4 cases, the country already has a total of 104.

For the additional BA.2.12.1 cases, the two individuals were both from Davao Region. Both of them are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The two cases have also been tagged as recovered.

In total, there are now 174 BA.2.12.1 cases in the Philippines. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)