The Department of Health (DOH) spotted 656 new Omicron subvariants infections. 

The health department said there were 624 new cases of Omicron BA.5 subvariant, based on the September 2 sequencing results.

Among the said BA.5 infections, around 97% of them were local cases. Majority came from Metro Manila with 134; followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 119; and Calabarzon with 61.

Meanwhile, 13 new BA.4 cases and one new BA.2.12.1 were also discovered. 

The health department explained that Covid-19 infections in Visayas are on a plateau, while in Mindanao are “showing signs of plateauing.”

Other areas, on the other hand, are  “on a slow downward trend.”


Ronald Espartinez