CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Friday that two of the 43 recently recorded Omicron variant cases in the country are constituents in the region.
DOH-10 director Jose Llacuna Jr. in an online conference said the two patients – a student and a sailor – were residents of that town and the nearby town of Iligan, respectively.
Dr Stephani Grace Zamora, group leader of the Regional Disaster Epidemiology, Surveillance and Response Unit (RESDRU) of DOH-10, said Iligan’s case was a 40-year-old sailor arrived in the Philippines via Qatar Airways on December 16, 2021.
“He tested positive on December 20 at an isolation center in Cebu City and was clinically cleared on December 30 when he returned to his residence in Iligan City,” she said.
The second case was a 20-year-old student from the United States who is currently in isolation at a facility in Manila.
Dr Jasper Kent Ola, head of RESDRU-10, said the marking of the two patients was based on their place of residence.
“While the Iligan City patient has already recovered, we will be doing a re-swab for confirmatory testing,” he said.
Llacuna also reiterated the importance of obtaining the vaccine as basic protection for newer variants of Covid-19. (ANP)