TACLOBAN CITY– Despite of the detection of the new omicron subvariant, the Department of Health (DOH) is now mulling to place the entire country under the lowest alert classification.

While the XBF was already detected in the country on Feb.16, the region will not impose new restrictions, said disease surveillance officers of the DOH-8, Jay Reles and Hubert Fallorina.

“Parehas la gihap kun ano an aton pag treat hiton coronavirus disease (COVID-19), baga’t parehas man la gihapon hiya. Kun may close contact ka, quarantine. Kun fully vaccinated ka, mas maupay kay mas less tim quarantine. Mga sugad la hiton,” Fallorina said.

Reles, meantime, shared that their central office had even been in talks about declaring the country into the lowest alert level classification, Alert Level 0.

Still, Reles urged the public to continue to observe all the pre-emptive safety measures to ensure that the infection will be further contained.

As of Feb.20, COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas stand at 64,714 of which 64,013 or 98. 92 percent have recovered from the deadly virus with nine active cases.

The total number of fatalities of the region stands at 692 with the latest to die due to the COVID-19 infection involved a 36-year-old woman from Tunga, Leyte who died on Jan.15, the DOH reported.