Sixteen cases of Omicron variant considered more infectious causing Covid-19 surge were recorded, reported the Iloilo City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of City Health Office (CESU-CHO).
Patients were already informed of the results received Jan. 25 from Philippine Genome Center following test of specimen for Omicron.
“The Omicron cases are being assessed. Two have not yet recovered so they were referred to infectious disease specialists. The recovered 14 will be swabbed again; if negative, there will be no more quarantine. Others were advised by their personal doctors for re-swab and quarantine pending results,” said CESU head Dr. Marigold Calsas.
“Nine of them had history of travel to Boracay during the holidays,” she noted.
Out of the 16, six are from La Paz; five from Mandurriao; three from Jaro; and one each from Arevalo and Molo.
Thirteen were vaccinated while three were unvaccinated. Half of the cases were asymptomatic while the rest exhibited symptoms such as cough, fatigue, fever, runny nose and sneezing. All were home quarantined.
Mayor Jerry Treñas reiterated to residents the importance of vaccination, booster, and maintaining the practice of minimum health protocols to prevent possible infection. (Iloilo City PIO)