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Variant found in almost a third of states

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The Omicron, the latest, most contagious and deadliest variant of Covid-19 coronavirus disease,  has now spread to about one-third of US states.

But the Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 cases nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday, December 5.

 The emergence of the new variant, now also found in many other countries including Europe, has caused wordlwide alarm.

At least 15 US states have reported Omicron cases: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant still accounts for 99.9% of the 90,000 to 100,000 new cases of COVID-19 each day in the United States, according to the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 UPDATE: 27.3-M Pinoys now fully vaxxed

Over 59-M shots given

Over 27 million Filipinos are now fully protected against coronavirus infections, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 tracker on Sunday (Oct. 31).

Based on the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard, the Philippines has already administered 59,134,236 doses nationwide.

Of the total, 31,862,067 doses were given as first shots and 27,272,169 were used as second doses.


Another 633 cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus have been recorded nationwide, a health official said Monday.

In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a total of 748 samples were collected on October 16.

Of the samples collected and sequenced, about 633 or 84.36 percent were Delta variant cases, three or 0.40 percent were Alpha variant cases, and six or 0.80 percent were Beta variant cases.

A total of 17,147 samples have been sequenced and 88.46 percent or 15,168 were listed with lineages as of October 17.

“Incoming international travelers comprise 962 or 5.61 percent [samples sequenced for variants],” Vergeire said.

Vergeire noted that all regions and all cities and municipalities in the National Capital Region (NCR) either have Alpha or Beta variants detected.

The Delta variant, initially detected from returning overseas Filipinos, is now detected in all 17 regions and all NCR cities and lone municipality.

Meantime, the P.3 variant, which was initially observed in only one region in the country, is now detected in all regions. (PNA)

DELTA VARIANT cases now at 2,708

COVID-19 Delta variant has now infected 2,708 Filipinos as the Department of Health (DoH) on Monday reported 640 new cases of the highly transmissible.

The agency has also detected a total of 24 Alpha variant cases, which pushed the total caseload to 2,448.

Of the additional cases, 24 Alpha variant cases, 23 were local cases and one was a ROF.

Based on the case list, one patient died while 23 cases have been tagged as recovered.

Meanwhile, a total of 28 Beta variant cases have also been detected, bringing the total caseload to 2,725.

Although no longer considered as a variant of interest, the DoH reported additional five cases of P.3 variant — a variant first detected in the Philippines.

Delta now dominant COVID-19 variant in the Philippines

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, August 31, that the highly transmissible Delta variant was now the dominant COVID-19 variant in the Philippines.

“The Delta variant is now the dominant variant in the Philippines based on existing data we’re seeing,” said Rabindra Abeyasinghe, WHO representative to the Philippines.

“We do know the Delta variant spreads very fast, more transmissible, and has shorter incubation period. So, yes, with this kind of transmission, with this kind of numbers, we are in community transmission with Delta variant,” he added.

DOH cites steady increase in Delta variant cases

 August 31, 2021

MANILA – A health official on Tuesday said cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus showed steady increase since its detection in July, replacing the Alpha and Beta variants as the most common lineage detected in each sequencing run. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria… Read More