Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health reported the possible fourth case of Omicron infection yesterday afternoon, December 9th.
Dr. Supakit Sirilak, Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences (DMS), revealed during the press conference that the new Omicron infection was a 41-year-old Thai UN personnel who was reportedly returning from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Thailand via the Test & Go scheme.
He was already fully vaccinated with two shots of AstraZeneca, according to the reports. The initial health examination detected the potential B.1.1529 of Omicron variant.
The person of concern is now isolated under close observation of the authorities while his samples would be further tested for the Whole-Genome Sequencing (WGS) detection for accuracy and confirmation.
Meanwhile, the Director-General also confirmed that two women who had traveled to Nigeria and were infected with the Covid-19 Coronavirus yesterday were also confirmed with Omicron variant, marking three confirmed cases of the new variant in Thailand so far.
All four cases, however, did not get past the initial Covid-19 entry test and Dr. Supakit has stressed that scientists are still studying Omicron and its mutations and peer-reviewed, final data on if it was more serious, could lead to more hospitalizations, or potentially evade vaccines were still not confirmed and would likely take several more weeks. Dr. Supakit advised citizens and residents of Thailand to continue regular precautions like social distancing and hand-washing, get vaccinated, and not panic.
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