The Philippines has detected its first two cases of the coronavirus’ omicron variant, country health officials announced Wednesday, according to Reuters.
The Department of Health said the first case of the variant was detected in a Filipino man after he arrived back into the country on Dec. 1 from a trip to Japan and that the second case was found in a Nigerian traveler who arrived in the country via Oman Air on Nov. 20, according to the Associated Press.
Additional tests proved earlier this week that both travelers were infected with the omicron variant, health officials said, according to the outlet, and the pair were confined to a “government-run isolation facility.”
Neither one of the infected travelers showed any symptoms of the disease, health officials said.
Health officials, who are currently working to see if fellow passengers on the infected travelers flights have also contracted the virus, are urging Filipinos to keep good hand hygiene, wear face masks and avoid large crowds, according to the AP.
“We continue to remind the public to not let their guard down, to religiously observe minimum public health standards and call upon all those unvaccinated to get their jabs as soon as possible,” Karlo Nograles, the Philippines presidential spokesperson said during a press conference, the AP reported.
WHO officials said earlier this week that omicron is spreading more quickly than previous variants and that it has been detected in 77 countries since it first appeared in South Africa three weeks ago.
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