DOH finds more new ‘XBB’ cases
Sixteen new cases of Omicron XBB.1.16 were detected in Western Visayas, based on the latest biosurveillance report of the Department of Health (DOH) on May 22.
The more transmissible XBB.1.16 was the last COVID-19 strain detected in the country. It is classified as a variant of interest by the World Health Organization.
All 139 COVID-19 samples that were sequenced in the latest batch came from the Philippine Genome Center in Visayas.
Of the total, 47 were of the XBB.1.9.1, 33 were of the BA.2.3.20 and 15 were of XBB.1.5.Ten were found as XBB.1.9.2, while seven others were of XBB.2.3. The rest either had no assigned COVID-19 lineage or were from “other XBB sublineages.”
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