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Omicron variant found in Nakhon Si Thammarat

PHOTO: The Omicron variant has been identified in Nakhon Si Thammarat. (via Pixabay)

As infections of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 surpass 1,100 cases in Thailand, the first confirmed case in Nakhon Si Thammarat was identified in a woman. She had already been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot. The 26 year old woman works at Kasemrad Hospital in Bangkok and travelled to the province to attend her grandfather’s funeral.

The woman has not become ill or developed symptoms for Covid at this time.

The woman travelled to tambon Chalong in Sichon district on December 28. Before boarding the bus south, she told a rapid antigen test that came back negative. She arrived at Sichon bus terminal the next morning and relatives brought her to the funeral ceremony.

She took another antigen test after having symptoms and a fever and this time she tested positive for Covid-19. She was retested with an PCR test at Sichon hospital which confirmed the diagnosis. The tests confirmed her infection was the Omicron variant. The hospital isolated her and is treating her though she hasn’t experienced any additional symptoms.

Now health officials are contact tracing to find and test at-risk people who have been exposed to the more infectious Omicron variant. 23 people including family and work colleagues in Bangkok have been notified to get tested, as well as 10 people in Sichon district. The bus had 42 passengers and 9 were considered high-risk, with authorities instructing all to go to a hospital and get tested for Covid-19.

People who are considered low-risk for contracting Covid are being advised to closely monitor their health and report any symptoms they have to their local hospital.

Meanwhile, Thailand is facing a growing outbreak of the Omicron variant, with 620 cases identified as arriving internationally and 525 locally transmitted infections (up to January 1). Officials believe that after the New Year’s holiday the country could see a spike in local transmissions.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.