Twelve Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant cases have been detected in Puerto Princesa in Palawan and two others in the National Capital Region (NCR), an official of the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Friday.
“The first BA 2.12.1 in the country was detected in two individuals in NCR [and] they have already received their booster shots that’s why they have mild symptoms when they were infected,” Vergeire said in Filipino in an online media forum.
Vergeire added that the two cases in NCR have recovered already after completing their home isolation on April 28.
Meanwhile, 39 of their close contacts have been identified and all have shown no symptoms.
In Palawan, Vergeire said that 11 foreigners and a Filipino were infected with Omicron BA.2.12.1.
The DOH earlier said that all cases in Palawan were isolated at a facility, with 5 already tested negative and discharged, while 7 were discharged on May 6. All were fully vaccinated.
Vergeire said that BA.2.12.1 and BA.2.12 are said to be responsible for the spike in cases and hospitalization in New York City, USA in early April.