The Department of Health (DOH) said that Delta remains the dominant Covid-19 variant in the Philippines amid the continuous spike of infections in the country because of the more contagious Omicron. 

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that 43% of infections in the country are Delta, followed by the Beta variant at 18%, and Alpha at 15%. 

Omicron stands at 0.21% with 43 infections. 

“Sa ngayon po, ang Delta variant pa rin ang pinaka mataas na merong lineage dito sa ating bansa,” Vergeire said during a media briefing.

Vergeire’s statement is a direct contradiction to the statement of her boss, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who claimed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s public address that the Omicron variant is the prevalent variant in the country.

Vergeire said that Duque was referring to the latest genome sequencing which resulted in 29 new Omicron infections and 18 new Delta. 

“Makikita po natin sa graph na ito na while the epidemic curve is indicative of the Omicron variant, the Delta variant ay nag ci-circulate pa rin ayon sa ating genome sequencing,” she said.

She stressed that the DOH is expecting Covid-19 infections to climb due to Omicron. 

“With what’s happening… yung trend ng mga kaso kung paano nag do-doble ang mga kaso, kung ano po ‘yung mga na-experience na sintomas ng mga tao, ‘yung likelihood na andito na ang Omicron sa ating mga komunidad is very high,” she said. Ronald Espartinez