NEARLY 9 in every 10 sequenced samples of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients were classified as Omicron subvariants, according to the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH).
In its March 6 to 10 genome sequencing results, a total of 711 out of the 798 sequenced samples were tagged as Omicron subvariants.
Of the total Omicron subvariants, 264 cases were classified as BA.5 (including three BQ.1 cases and one BF.7 case), all being local cases from all regions except Northern Mindanao and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
There were also 259 cases tagged as BA.2.3.20, with all being local cases from all regions except Eastern Visayas.
Data also showed that there were 72 cases of XBB (including 10 XBB.1.5 cases), with one being a returning overseas Filipino (ROF) while the rest were local cases.
The DOH said there were also 28 cases classified as XBC, with all being local cases coming from Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region and Soccsksargen.
There were also four cases of BA.2.75 (including two BN.1 cases and one CH.1.1 case), all being local cases from Davao Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and National Capital Region.
Sequencing results also show three cases of BA.4, all being local cases from Calabarzon, Davao Region and Soccsksargen.
Data also showed that there were 81 cases tagged as "other Omicron sublineages".
The remaining 87 samples had no lineages assigned to them by the Philippine Genome Center. (SunStar Philippines)
March 24, 2023
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