The Department of Health (DOH) detected four new cases of the Omicron subvariant BF.7 in the Philippines.

However, the DOH said that BF.7 is currently being reported under Omicron subvariant BA.5.

The health department explained that evidence does not show any difference in severity or clinical manifestations between the BF.7 and the original Omicron variant

“The Department of Health reiterates the need to put more emphasis on other factors such as wearing of best-fitting face masks, isolating when sick, doubling-up protection via vaccines and boosters, and ensuring good airflow,” the DOH said in a statement.

“If such factors will be adhered to and implemented by ourselves immediately, decline in cases may be observed sooner,” it added.

The country has posted a total of 4,059,369 Covid-19 cases. 


Ronald Espartinez