Philippines sees first deaths from Omicron COVID-19 variant

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Health workers in hazmat suits walk outside the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital in Manila, Philippines, September 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David

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MANILA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Philippines on Wednesday confirmed the first domestic deaths caused by the highly infectious Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The health ministry said those who died were elderly patients with existing health issues and had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Martin Petty

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