MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos has examined optimistic for COVID-19, he advised reporters on Tuesday by means of a textual content message, suspecting that he has been hit by the extremely infectious Omicron variant.
Earlier, the PNP reported a huge increase in active COVID-19 infections, leaping from simply 14 final December 28 to 164 on Tuesday. This was after 107 new instances had been recorded by the PNP’s Well being Service.
In distinction, solely eight new instances had been recorded on Monday, January 3.
The Omicron variant is alleged to be extra infectious than the Delta variant that precipitated the surge within the nation from August to September final yr.
Metro Manila is at the moment below Alert Stage 3 till January 15, as a result of sharp uptick in COVID-19 instances after the vacation season. As of Monday, the nation’s lively COVID-19 infections continued to extend, now at 24,992 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 4,084 new infections.
The rise got here after a comparatively low variety of day by day instances earlier than the vacations — starting from 300 to 500 with the lively case rely right down to beneath 10,000.
Some specialists consider that the fast rise in COVID-19 infections might have been as a result of Omicron variant, which is believed to be extra infectious than the Delta variant.
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