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Thailand detects first case of Omicron variant

/ 04:56 PM December 06, 2021
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A waitress waits for customer at a restaurant in Khaosan Road, one of the favourite tourist spots, as Thailand bans entry from eight African countries over the coronavirus Omicron variant, in Bangkok, Thailand, November 30, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

First posted 12:55 pm

BANGKOK — Thailand has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a U.S. citizen who had travelled to the country from Spain late last month, a health official said on Monday,

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The confirmed case in the man, who had arrived on Nov. 29, makes Thailand the 47th country to have found the new variant, Opas Karnkawinpong, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control, told a news conference.

“This first confirmed case of Omicron variant is a 35-year-old man who is a U.S. citizen who lived in Spain for a year,” Opas said adding that the patient had mild symptoms.

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Opas said health authorities were conducting further tests of people who had come into contact with the man, but said all contacts so far were low risk.

A spokesman for the Spanish Health ministry declined to comment on this case but added: “Our detection system has so far proved successful. We have detected five cases in Spain.”

Thailand banned travellers from eight African countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe at the start of December amid concerns about the Omicron variant.

Opas said authorities had also limited travel from other African countries and were monitoring international travelers for more potential cases.

Thailand reported 4,000 new coronavirus infections and 22 new deaths on Monday, taking the tally to more than 2.1 million cases and 20,966 deaths since the pandemic started last year.

More than 57% of people in Thailand have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, health ministry data showed.

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