The Department of Health (DOH) reported the Philippines’ first two deaths from the highly contagious Omicron variant. 

The DOH said the patients were both unvaccinated senior citizens who had pre-existing medical conditions. 

“Both were detected during the latest whole genome sequencing. Both deaths were aged more than 60 years,” the DOH said.

The DOH noted that even though the majority of Omicron cases are either asymptomatic and mild cases, reports showed that the elderly who have underlying illnesses and without Covid-19 vaccine shots are still at risk. 

Meanwhile, the health department confirmed that the country posted 492 new Omicron cases. The number comprised over half or 68.9% of the latest samples sequenced at 714. 

Currently, there are 535 total Omicron cases in the country. 

Some of the cases came from the following regions:

— Metro Manila (227)

— Calabarzon (76)

— Central Luzon (11)

— Central Visayas (five)

— Cagayan Valley, Western Visayas, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (two cases each)

— Ilocos Region, Mimaropa, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (one case each)

From the new Omicron cases count, three are still active infections, while 467 were declared as recoveries and 20 are awaiting verification. Ronald Espartinez