Thailand finds first Omicron Covid case

Thailand has detected its first case of Omicron.

Thailand finds first Omicron Covid case
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Thailand finds first Omicron Covid case

published : 6 Dec 2021 at 13:52

writer: Gary Boyle


An airport staff member talks to a traveller at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Nov 15 2021. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

Thailand has detected its first case of Omicron.

The coronavirus variant was found in a Thai businessman who arrived in the country from Spain, Public Health Ministry officials said on Monday.

The new variant was detected in an RT-PCR test conducted when the 35-year-old man arrived in Thailand.

The Department of Disease Control said the businessman was a US citizen who had lived in Spain for one year before he arrived in Thailand.

He was on Emirates Airline flight EK372 from Dubai to Suvarnabhumi Airport and showed no symptoms .

The man took an RT-PCR test in Spain on Nov 28 before he left for Thailand via the United Arab Emirates. He had received one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which usually requires only a single shot .

He was being treated at a hospital.

Officials said "the chance that the infection is the Omicron variant is 99.92%".

The ministry said the patient had been in contact with two airport staff and 17 hotel staff members.

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  • chance (noun) : a possibility; a likelihood; an opportunity - โอกาส
  • citizen : someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง
  • detected : noticed, discovered or found out - จับได้ พบได้
  • shot : putting a liquid, especially a drug, into a person's body using a needle and a syringe; an injection - การฉีดยา
  • symptoms (noun) : signs that someone has an illness - อาการ
  • treat : to provide medical care - รักษา
  • variant : a thing that is a slightly different form or type of something else - สิ่งที่ผันแปร, สิ่งที่แตกต่างกัน
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