CLARIFICATION ON THE LATEST WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING (WGS) RUN FROM JUNE 29, 2022 TO JULY 4, 2022 07 July 2022

The Department of Health (DOH) wishes to clarify that the latest sequencing results from June 29, 2022 to July 4, 2022 detected the following Omicron subvariants: seven (7) BA.4 cases; one hundred forty (140) BA.5 cases; and twenty (20) BA.2.12.1 cases.

On 05 July 2022, the Department released information that there were only forty three (43) BA.5 cases.The difference of that number from the current count which is 140 is explained by the reclassification of ninety seven (97) cases formerly classified as “other sublineages”. The 97 have since been clarified to also be under BA.5, hence their count was added to the 43 to arrive at 140.

The 140 newly sequenced BA.5 cases have the following clinical presentations: four (4) are still in isolation; one hundred twenty nine (129) were asymptomatic and have recovered; while seven (7) still have their outcomes being verified. Their vaccination status is as follows: sixteen (16) were fully vaccinated, three (3) were unvaccinated, and one hundred twenty one (121) still have their status being verified. These 140 newly sequenced BA.5 cases were reported from the following regions: 99 from Region VI; 21 from NCR; 7 from Region IV-A; 5 from Region I; 1 each from Regions III, V, VII, VIII, X, IV-B, and CAR; and 1 Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF). To date, the grand total of BA.5 cases detected in the Philippines is two hundred thirty three (233).

The 20 newly sequenced BA.2.12.1 cases have the following clinical presentations: initially, nine (9) were found to be with mild symptoms and eleven (11) had to be verified. Now, of these 20, seventeen (17) seventeen are now tagged as recovered. Their vaccination status is as follows: nine (9) were fully-vaccinated, one (1) was unvaccinated, while ten (10) cases still have their status being verified. These 20 newly sequenced BA.2.12.1 cases were reported from the following regions: 5 from NCR; 4 each from Regions VI and IV-A; 2 from CAR; 1 from Region I; and 4 ROFs. To date, the grand total of BA.2.12.1 cases detected in the Philippines is seventy (70).

All the 7 newly sequenced BA.4 cases were asymptomatic and have already recovered. Their vaccination status is as follows: five (5) were fully vaccinated while two (2) were unvaccinated. These 7 newly sequenced BA.4 cases were reported from the following regions: 6 from Region V, and 1 from NCR. To date, the grand total of the BA.4 cases detected in the Philippines is ten (10)

The exposure and travel history of all the newly sequenced BA.5, BA.2.12.1, and BA.4 cases are being verified.

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