'Very high' possibility of Omicron subvariant BA.5 local transmission in PH

04/06/2022 11:15:00 AM

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The Department of Health (DOH) said there is a “very high” possibility that the Omicron subvariant BA.5 is now being transmitted locally, following the detection of two cases recently.

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5 is now being transmitted locally, following the detection of two cases recently.The detection of two cases in Central Luzon, who have no travel history abroad, raises the “index of suspicion” that there is already local transmission of this Omicron subvariant, said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire."Once we detect this subvariant dito sa ating komunidad, malaki na po ang ating ginagawang index of suspicion na meron tayong lokal na transmission dahil nakita natin kung paano at ano ang linkage," health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said at the Laging Handa briefing.“There are two individuals already dito sa komunidad na ito, at atin pong tinitingnan pa rin.They are from the same household who experienced mild symptoms.We are trying to trace kung meron pang iba na mayroong ganito (There are two individuals already (who were found positive with this variant] in this particular community, and we are still looking into it.) Vergeire said health authorities were tracing if other individuals had acquired the subvariant.We are trying to trace if there are other cases),” she said on Saturday, June 4."Kapag nagkakaroon na kasi tayo ng tao na nade-detect natin na ganitong variant dito po sa ating community, the possiblity that the transmission is local, is very high," she said, stressing that the individuals had no travel history outside of the country.

“Kapag nagkakaroon na kasi tayo ng tao na nadedetekta natin ng ganitong variant dito sa ating community, the possibility that the transmission is local is very high kasi wala po silang outside the country na travel (When we detect people infected with this kind of variant in a community, the possibility that the transmission is local is very high because they don’t have travel history outside the country),” she added.(If we already have individuals who were detected to have this kind of variant in our community, the possibility that the transmission is local is very high.They have already been tagged as recovered.In an advisory, the DOH clarified the difference between local and community transmission.Local transmission means that “detected cases got infected from a local (domestic) source of infection, without any linkage to international sources outside of the country,” the DOH said.They are now asymptomatic and recovered.Community transmission means that there is already a “large number of cases (or clusters of cases) being detected, most of which cannot be linked anymore with existing cases.5 was among the Omicron subvariants now spreading in several countries, such as South Africa, United States and United Kingdom.” On Friday, Vergeire reported the country’s first two cases of BA.The Health Department identified two close contacts, one of whom tested positive for COVID-19.The Health Department identified two close contacts, one of whom tested positive for COVID-19.

5.Both cases were from the same household in Central Luzon.However, Vergeire clarified this was not yet classified as community transmission of BA.The DOH earlier detected 22 BA.They were already fully vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19.The cases were already tagged as recovered."Currently, we cannot say that there is really a community transmission.The DOH identified two close contacts.1 Omicron subvariant cases and one case of BA.Because if we say community transmission, we could no longer see the linkage of one case to another," the health official explained.

One of them tested positive for Covid-19."So far we could still determine the linkage.The two close contacts are still undergoing isolation..But the community transmission, we still need to establish that through evidence.2.

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