Twenty-eight new COVID-19 Omicron variant cases have been detected in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, officials confirmed Tuesday, February 1.
This explains the fourth surge of COVID-19 cases we are experiencing, since there were local transmissions, Dr. Chris Sorongon, Bacolod Emergency Operations Center deputy, said.
The Philippine Genome Center report confirming 21 Omicron cases in Bacolod City was released Tuesday, but the patients have since recovered since the swab samples were taken on January 7 to 12, he said.
Of the 21 Omicron cases in Bacolod, eight were males and 13 females, he said.
Two were elderly and 19 were between 24 to 56 years old, he added.
The cases were detected in Villamonte – 6, Mansilingan – 4, Singcang – 3, Pahanocoy – 2 and one each in barangays 12, Granada, Mandalagan, Vista Alegre, Taculing and Handumanan.
The Bacolod City government had sent 60 swab samples to the Philippine Genome Center, which found the 21 positive for Omicron.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said seven Omicron variant cases were also detected by the Philippine Genome Center in six local government units in Negros Occidental
The Omicron cases detected were two in Bago City, and one each in Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, Manapla, Silay City and Talisay City.
All seven have since recovered, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
However, the detection of the highly contagious Omicron variant in the province is believed to be the reason for the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, he added.*