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Philippines health officials (DOH) reported two imported cases of the Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant Tuesday. The two Omicron variant cases are incoming travelers and are currently isolated in a facility managed by the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ).

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One is a Returning Overseas Filipino (ROF) who arrived from Japan on December 1, 2021 via Philippine Airlines flight number PR 0427. The sample was collected on December 5, 2021. His positive result was released on December 7 and the case was admitted in an isolation facility on the same date. He is currently asymptomatic but had symptoms of colds and cough upon arrival.

The other case is a Nigerian national who arrived from Nigeria on November 30, 2021 via Oman Air with flight number WY 843. A sample was collected on December 6, 2021 and the result released on December 7, 2021. He was then admitted to an isolation facility on the same date. His current status is also asymptomatic.

The DOH is determining possible close contacts among co-passengers during the flights of these two cases.

The DOH is verifying the test results and health status of all passengers of these flights to determine if there are other confirmed cases or passengers who became symptomatic after arrival. Travelers who have arrived in the Philippines through these flights may call the DOH COVID-19 Hotlines at (02) 8942 6843 or 1555, or their respective LGUs to report their status.