A total of 2,062 Omicron cases was reported in 54 provinces across the country, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health announced today, January 4th.
Of that, Bangkok recorded the highest number of Omicron cases with 585, including seven local transmissions, followed by Kalasin with 233 cases including 231 local transmissions, Roi Et with 180 local transmissions, Phuket with 175 cases including 17 local transmissions, Chon Buri with 162 cases including 70 local transmissions, and Samut Prakan with 106 cases including 18 local transmissions.
It is worth noting, however, that the true number of cases may be higher according to the Ministry as many people were testing through rapid tests at home and not officially reporting their results, some to avoid potential compulsory quarantine.
Dr. Supakit Sirilak, the director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, also stated that the Omicron variant has now formed its sub-variants which are B.1.640.1 and B.1.640.2. However, the mutation was normal, the Public Health Ministry was fully aware of them and now cautiously monitoring the situation.
Omicron infections would begin to cause local transmission in certain areas but did not yet affect the number of deaths and Supakit stressed that nearly every case was mild or asymptomatic. The recently deceased were reported among those who had been previously infected two or three weeks ago. Most of the infections in Thailand so far were the delta variant, accountable for 70-80 percent, according to the director-general.
TPN media reports, however, that multiple reports of crowded hospitals have been communicated to our staff in Banglamung, although this is primarily due to mandatory quarantine policies even for mild and asymptomatic patients tying up hospital resources versus seriously ill people. Chonburi has only reported two seriously ill cases in the past 24 hours.
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