DOH detects more cases of Omicron subvariants

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 5) — The Department of Health (DOH) detected additional cases of Omicron subvariants BA.5, BA.2.12.1, and BA4 in the country.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the DOH announced that there are 43 new BA.5 cases, 20 more individuals tested positive for BA.2.12.1, and seven more were infected with BA.4.

Of the 190 individuals who tested positive for Omicron and its sublineages, 185 are local cases and five are returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Out of the 185 local infections, 42 are BA.5 cases, 16 are BA.2.12.1 cases, and seven are BA.4 cases. Meanwhile, the four other BA.2.12.1 cases and one BA.5 patient are ROFs.

There are now 7,919 confirmed Omicron cases, the DOH said.

However, Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said that total hospital bed utilization nationwide still remains at low-risk category and there were no deaths reported among the confirmed cases of Omicron subvariants.