Thailand: The first case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed

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A health official in Thailand announced today that the first case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed; he is a US citizen who traveled to the country of Southeast Asia on November 29 from Spain, where he lived for the last year.

Thailand thus became the 47th country where the new variant has spread to this stage.

According to Opas Karkawinpong, director general of the disease control service, the patient has mild symptoms. He added that his contacts are being tracked and tests are being carried out on those who are located, but all of them are considered low risk so far, he added.

Thai authorities barred travelers from eight African countries (Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa) from entering in early December because of concerns about Omicron. They also imposed travel restrictions on other African countries and raised the level of vigilance for the new variant among travelers arriving from within, Mr Opas said.

Authorities announced today that another 22 patients had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 4,000 cases of SARS-CoV-2 had been confirmed. At this stage the new coronavirus pandemic in the kingdom has reached 20,966 deaths out of a total of 2.1 million infections since it broke out in its territory in 2020.

To date, 57% of the population in Thailand has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

SOURCE: AMPE

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