DOH: Omicron dominant variant in latest genome sequencing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) — The highly infectious Omicron variant has replaced Delta as the dominant coronavirus variant in the latest genome sequencing, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

During President Rodrigo Duterte's taped briefing aired late Monday night, Duque said the most recent genome sequencing run showed at least 60% of the samples turned out positive for Omicron.

"So siya (Omicron) na po 'yung nagdo-dominate na variant [it is now the dominant variant] — whereas before, it was the Delta," he said.

The genome sequencing was conducted on Jan. 3. Data showed 60.42% or 29 of 48 samples were Omicron cases, while 18 or 37.50% were found positive for Delta.

The country detected 43 cases of the Omicron as of Jan. 6, while over 8,400 cases of Delta have so far been recorded.

Total COVID-19 infections, meanwhile, are expected to top the three-million mark on Tuesday after the country broke its record for the biggest single-day increase for the third straight day with 33,169 new cases.

CNN Philippines' Currie Cator contributed to this report.