Philippines detects first 2 cases of Omicron coronavirus variant

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People queue at a vaccination centre amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines, November 29, 2021. REUTERS/ Peter Blaza

MANILA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Philippines has detected two imported cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant of concern, its first reported cases, the Department of Health said on Wednesday.

The two Omicron variant cases, detected from 48 samples sequenced on Dec. 14, were currently isolated in a quarantine facility, it said in a statement.

Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Editing by Martin Petty

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