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There hasn’t been any local transmission of the Omicron variant in PH yet: NVOC

An official with the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said Thursday that the government has yet to register a community transmission of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) coronavirus strain since its debut in the Philippines.

NVOC’s Dr. Kezia Lorraine Rosario, however, noted that despite the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases continuing to decline, the threat of the newly discovered Omicron variety spreading locally remains.

Rosario cautioned the public not to take anything for granted.

“Ito rin iyong isang news na (This is one piece of news for which we are grateful). However, with the arrival of Omicron in the Philippines, even though hindi pa tayo naka-report na there is a community transmission na, ito’yung tinitingnan din natin (this is what we are looking at) that we need to prepare as soon as possible and not let our guards down, “At the Laging Handa briefing, she said.

As early as last week, Rosario added, the national government re-strategize its plans and course of action to confront a likely rise in cases due to the variation.

“Even though medyo low iyong cases natin ngayon (we have low cases), which we are grateful for, we must assure na ma-address din natin iyong Omicron (that we will be able to deal the Omicron danger),” she continued.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the vaccine czar, has convened a conference with all interested agencies, regional offices, and task force members “to address and establish strategies against the threat of the Omicron variety,” according to Rosario.

“We’re planning in all areas, whether it’s response and immunization, kung paano natin paghandaan (on how we’ll prepare for this),” she noted, despite the fact that the number of cases is now low.

Three cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been reported in the Philippines thus far.

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