7 close contacts of PH’s second Omicron case negative for COVID-19

7 close contacts of the second Omicron case from PH negative for COVID-19-DOH

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All seven close contacts of the Nigerian national who was found to be carrying the Omicron coronavirus variant tested negative for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health (DOH) said Thursday evening.

“All seven close contacts are negative. Last passenger of the seven isolated test [was] verified as negative, “DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters in a Viber message.

In a previous press conference, Vergeire reported that six of the seven close contacts of the 37-year-old Nigerian national who was on board Oman Air flight WY 843 on November 30 “had negative test results and have completed the facility’s quarantine”.

“The reason there are only seven close contacts is that the foreigner was sitting at the very end of the plane. So we only counted those in front of him and on his side, ”Vergeire said during the press conference.

The close contact of the first Omicron case in the Philippines – the 48-year-old returning overseas from Japan – also tested negative for COVID-19.

Amid the presence of the Omicron variant in the Philippines, the DOH said the public should not panic. Instead, they should strictly adhere to minimum public health standards and get vaccinated against COVID-19 immediately.

The DOH assured the public that the government is further stepping up its measures against the pandemic, including border controls, full genome sequencing, testing and isolation, among others.

“Local government units have been instructed to continue active case-finding and ensure immediate isolation and review,” Vergeire said.

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