Alpha variant '88% dominant' in Thailand
11 Jun 2021 at 09:33
A nurse administers a Covid-19 vaccine jab to a monk at Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang in Samut Prakan. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Almost 90% of the coronavirus cases found in Thailand are of the Alpha coronavirus variant first found in the United Kingdom.
Studies of 4,185 cases in Thailand found that the Alpha
had infected by far the most people, 3,703 or 88.48%, said Department of Medical Sciences director-general Supakit Sirilak.
Just 348 cases, or 8.32%, were found to be of the Delta
in India and 98 cases, or 2.34%, were types first found in China, he said.
Also, 26 cases, or 0.62%, were of the Beta
, first found in Africa, and the rest, 10 cases or 0.24%, were of the B.1.524
Dr Supakit cited studies by Public Health England (PHE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), confirming the Alpha
to be more
and more deadly compared with the original
"However, vaccinations could still be
against it," said Dr Supakit.
The Delta (Indian)
than Alpha, he added, but infections were less
and vaccinations were
in preventing it.
Meanwhile, the Beta
spread slower but it has caused more death than the original
, he said.
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