Philippines, Cambodia report first cases of Omicron variant

THE STRAITS TIMES – The Philippines and Cambodia yesterday reported their first cases of the Omicron variant, fuelling unease across Asia and further dimming hopes of a recovery as the new year approaches.

Health officials in Manila said they found two travellers – one from Japan who arrived on December 1 and another from Nigeria the day earlier – carrying the Omicron variant. Both were asymptomatic.

Cambodia’s Health Ministry said it detected the variant in a 23-year-old woman who returned from Ghana, via Dubai and Bangkok. She was 15 weeks pregnant.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin