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Philippines confirms community transmission of Omicron, cases hit record

Philippines confirms community transmission of Omicron, cases hit record

FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a booster shot of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, at a drive-through vaccination site, in Manila, Philippines, January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

MANILA: The Philippine health ministry confirmed the local spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant around Manila on Saturday (Jan 15), as infections hit a record high for a third straight day.

"We are seeing community transmission of the Omicron variant in the capital region," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a public briefing.

The region is an urban sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13 million people.

The community transmission of the Omicron variant is characterised by a steep rise in cases, Vergeire said, adding that infections may peak from the end of this month to mid-February.

The ministry reported 39,004 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, while active cases also hit a record, at 280,813.

With more than 3.16 million cases and nearly 53,000 deaths, the Philippines has the highest COVID-19 infections and casualties in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.

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Source: Reuters/ga

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