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The health department confirmed the detection of the first case of BA.2.12 sub-lineages of the omicron COVID-19 variant.
The patient, a 52-year-old woman who arrived in the country last April 2, reportedly visited one of the universities in Quezon City before heading to Baguio City to attend seminars.
She is fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, and did not undergo quarantine when she arrived in the country. The symptoms, such as headache and sore throat, only showed after 9 days she arrived in the country and a day later she tested positive.
The BA.2.12 sub-lineage was discovered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weeks ago.
Preliminary data shows and can be associated with a higher transmissibility and there is no current evidence that it causes more severe disease.
“Tuloy tuloy ang kanilang pagkilala ng sub variant na ito na BA.2.12 in terms of transmissibility kung ito ba ay mas mabilis kumalat o mas matulin,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
Experts continue to call on the public to adhere to public health protocols especially, since according to the interior department, the number of violations is alarming.
Meanwhile, the patient has finished her 7 days of isolation and recovered.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno