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Despite an increase in Covid-19 instances, no severe cases have been reported.

Despite an increase in active cases, health officials have not yet registered any severe coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, according to Dr. Rontgene Solante, a member of the Vaccine Expert Panel.

Following the rise caused by the coronavirus variety, Solante stated in a televised public briefing that the number of Covid-19 patients requiring oxygen and experiencing respiratory failures has dramatically decreased.

“Well, one nice thing, one good news is that notwithstanding na nakikita natin na may kaunting uptick ang mga kaso ngayon (having a minor increase in cases now), we have never had any more Covid instances na talagang nagsi-severe (that are very severe),” he said.

Covid-19 instances in Metro Manila increased to 1.4 percent this week, up from 1.2 percent the week before, according to the OCTA Research Group.

Although the one-week average daily attack rate climbed from 0.51 to 0.52, the risk remained modest.

“So, sure, this new variety of concern, the Omicron, can be extremely transmissible, according to our assumptions.” But I don’t believe this is the same type of problem we had with Delta, which “had a pretty terrible presentation and a high death rate,” according to Solante.

He went on to say that the Omicron variety frequently attacks the upper respiratory system rather than the lower respiratory tract, resulting in fairly mild symptoms.

“In fact, kadalasan talagang walang nararamdaman, pupunta lang sa ospital kasi nagpa-positive sila sa mga testing nila,” Solante remarked.

Despite the advent of Omicron sub-lineages, Solante believes that future situations will be controllable.

“These Omicron sublineages are very transmissible, yet they don’t produce many of these symptoms.” “In fact, kung sasabihin man natin (if we’re being honest), a lot of these are underreported, [since] most people with Omicron are asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms,” he explained.

According to Solante, the monitoring of Covid-19 instances must continue since it will continue to suggest the level of restrictions needed to mitigate the pandemic’s impact.

The hospitalization rate in the country is currently at a relatively low level.

The huge Covid-19 vaccination effort, according to OCTA Research, has considerably contributed to the reduction of cases in the country.

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