The Philippines posted over 1,000 more infections of the Omicron subvariant BA.5, the Department of Health (DOH) said. 

DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said at a press briefing that based on the latest genome sequencing results from July 30 to August 1, 1,015 BA.5 cases were discovered in all regions except Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern Mindanao.

Currently, there are 3,012 BA.5 cases across the country. 

Moreover, 304 of the new BA.5 infections were found in Western Visayas; 209 from the National Capital Region (NCR); 122 from Calabarzon; 90 from Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR); 70 from Davao Region; 69 from Cagayan Valley; 50 from Central Luzon; 38 from Ilocos Region; 29 from Mimaropa; 18 from Bicol Region; six from Central Visayas; five from Soccsksargen; and one each from Eastern Visayas and Caraga.

The health department said that 883 of the new cases are now tagged as recovered; 84 are still undergoing isolation. The status of the remaining are still being confirmed. 

Ronald Espartinez