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Thirty-two more Omicron subvariant BA.5 cases were detected in the country, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said, of the new cases, 21 individuals from Region 6, 4 from Region 4A, four from the National Capital Region and three from Region 3, tested positive for the BA.5 variant.

This brings the total figure of BA.5 cases nationwide to 43.

Vergeire said that 30 individuals are fully vaccinated, one is partially vaccinated, while the vaccination status of one case is still being verified.

“At the moment, exposure of individuals is still unknown and travel histories are being verified,” she added.

She said that 22 were with mild symptoms, five were asymptomatic, while the remaining 5 are still being verified.

“Sixteen individuals are now tagged as recovered, 14 are still undergoing isolation, while the outcome of the rest two are being verified,” Vergeire said.