Duque: More evidence show Omicron causes mild COVID-19

Duque: More evidence show Omicron causes mild COVID-19
Health Sec. Francisco Duque III at Nov. 15, 2021 briefing

Evidence is showing that the Omicron variant, a variant of concern, only causes mild COVID-19 in patients, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

During his report to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night aired Tuesday morning, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he had been in talks with World Health Organization country representative Dr. Rabi Abeyasinghe.

“Sinabi niya three things; number one lumalabas ho na mukhang dumadami ang ebidensya na mild ang Omicron, which is good for all of us,” Duque said.

(He said three things; number one, it seems like evidence that Omicron is only mild is increasing, which is good for all of us.)

“Number two, wala pa pong reported death on account of Omicron variant. Okay po ‘yan,” he added.

(Number two, there are still no reported deaths on account of the Omicron variant.)

As of December 5, the DOH said 42 countries or jurisdictions across the globe have reported 532 cases of the Omicron variant.

Meanwhile, Duque said the variant, which has at least 50 mutations, is “probably” more transmissible.

“Although kanina sinabi ni Fr. Austriaco ang posibilidad na ito nga mas mabilis makahawa, tama po ‘yun, but to what extent, wala pong datos na malinaw o conclusive para masiguro na talagang ito ay mas transmissible,” he said.

(Earlier, Fr. [Nicanor] Austriaco said it is possible that Omicron is more transmissible, that is correct, but it is not yet clear as to what extent yet.)

“It probably is as Fr. Austriaco said, but to what degree nobody knows as of yet. In fact, even the reproductive rate of the Omicron variant continues to elude,” he added.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said WHO may release its information on the Omicron variant within one to two weeks. — Joahna Lei Casilao/RSJ, GMA News

This article Duque: More evidence show Omicron causes mild COVID-19 was originally published in GMA News Online.

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