Follow us for updates
© 2022
Read the Story →

15,789 COVID Infections Logged as WHO Warns Omicron Risk Still High

Global infections are still rising.
by Clara Rosales
3 days ago
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano undefined

The Philippines on Tuesday logged 15,789 new COVID-19 infections as the World Health Organization reminded world leaders that the risk from the omicron surge remained high.

The day's tally brought active cases to 230,410 with a total of 32,712 new recoveries and 66 new deaths reported.

Overall, a total of 3,475,293 COVID-19 cases have been reported since the pandemic began in March 2020, of which 3,191,219 have recovered and 53,664 died.

"Over 21 million new cases were reported, representing the highest number of weekly cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic," the World Health Organization said in its weekly epidemiological coronavirus update.

New infections increased by 5% in the week to Sunday -- compared to the 20% rise registered the week before, it added.

A new lineage of the omicron, called "stealth omicron" or BA.2, has been detected in the Philippines. Compared to the BA.1 lineage, it is not as easily detectable via RT-PCR tests, which is considered the gold standard in COVID testing. The Department of Health earlier said it would study how the newly detected lineage affects transmission.

Continue reading below ↓

"Walang nakitang significant difference sa clinical presentation ang BA.1 at BA.2 at kinakailangan pa rin po ng masusing pag-aaral dahil limitado pa rin naman ang ating mga obserbasyon na ating nakukuha dito," Health Usec. Rosario Vergeire said on Tuesday.

Stealth omicron is predominant in most regions in the country, said Vergeire. Unlike its predecessor delta, most omicron infections caused no symptoms to moderate symptoms, which can be treated at home, she added.


'Stealth Omicron' is Detected in the Philippines, Here's What We Know So Far

Omicron Risk Remains Very High: WHO

Fear of COVID-19 and Fear of Change are Dangerously Intertwined for 2022

Continue reading below ↓
Recommended Videos

Reportr is now on Quento. Download the app or visit the Quento website for more articles and videos from Reportr and your favorite websites.

Latest Headlines
more about:
Read Next
Recent News
Men can't conceive on their own, he tells Boy Abunda.
Human rights lawyer Neri Colmenares made the announcement.
Sinopharm recipients are now eligible to get boosters, too.
The news. So what? Subscribe to the newsletter that explains what the news means for you.
The email address you entered is invalid.
Thank you for signing up to On Three, reportr's weekly newsletter delivered to your mailbox three times a week. Only the latest, most useful and most insightful reads.
By signing up to newsletter, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.