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According to the Department of Health, Stealth Omicron is now prevalent in the Philippines.

According to the Department of Health, the STEALTH Omicron or BA.2 sub-lineage of the coronavirus variation is now prevalent in most regions of the country (DOH).

According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario S. Vergeire, the subvariant BA.1 has been found in eight regions and is currently prominent in the Bicol region and among returning migrant Filipino workers.

There are now 535 Omicron instances in the Philippines.

There was no substantial change between the two subvariants, according to Ms. Vergeire. “Because there has only been limited observation, more research is needed.”

She previously stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) was still investigating the stealth Omicron, noting that preliminary studies indicated that infected people experienced symptoms comparable to those who were infected with the other subvariant.

According to Aljazeera, the UK Health Security Agency has labeled the stealth Omicron subvariant as a variant under investigation, citing an increase in instances “despite though the BA.1 lineage currently remains dominant in Britain.”

According to Agence France Presse, which cites French epidemiologist Antoine Flahault, the subvariant, which has been circulating in Asia, has taken hold in Denmark.

The Omicron variant has three subvariants, according to the WHO: BA.1, BA.2, and BA.3.

On Tuesday, the Department of Health recorded 17,677 coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 3.46 million. It reported in a newsletter that the death toll had risen to 53,598 after 79 more patients died, while recoveries had increased by 33,144 to 3.16 million.

On Jan. 23, 37.2 percent of 43,874 samples tested positive for COVID-19, much exceeding the WHO’s 5 percent standard.

There were 247,451 active cases, 7,464 of which had no symptoms, 235,181 of which were mild, 2,996 of moderate severity, 1,502 of severe severity, and 308 of critical severity.

According to the FDA, 97 percent of the most recent instances happened between January 12 and January 25. Calabarzon had the most new cases in the last two weeks, with 2,629, Metro Manila had 2,570, and Central Luzon had 2,266 infections.

According to the report, 76 percent of deaths happened in January, 5% in December, 1% in November, and 8% in September.

There were 87 duplicates deleted from the total, 52 of which were reclassified as recoveries, while 35 recoveries were reclassified as fatalities, according to the report. On Jan. 23, six laboratories failed to submit data.

According to the organization, 50% of the country’s intensive care unit beds have been used, with Metro Manila accounting for 44%.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III announced that the Philippines’ and Metro Manila’s risk classifications have been reduced from critical to high. He told a taped Cabinet meeting on Monday night that the virus’s development rate was slowing down.

He said that the country’s average daily attack rate remained high, at 24.46 per 100,000 people.

Infections in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces have been declining, according to Mr. Duque, while the remainder of Luzon appears to be plateauing.

The capital’s average daily attack rate remained high, at 84.56 per 100,000 people.

Mr. Duque previously stated that the surge in Metro Manila had reached its apex. The virus was also a major threat in the Soccsksargen, Bangasamoro, and Mimaropa regions.

He went on to state that the Bicol region, Cordillera, Western Visayas, Davao region, Cagayan Valley, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Ilocos region, Caraga, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon were all at risk.

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