UK health officials detect new Covid-19 variant first found in Thailand

Photo via Public Health England

A new Covid-19 variant which reportedly originated from Thailand has been detected in the UK. The Public Health England is now investigating the new mutated strain C.63.3.

Reports say the new variant was first detected in Thailand. The patients had originally travelled from Egypt. No other details have been reported about the patients in Thailand, but given their international travel history, the virus may have been detected in the mandatory quarantine for those arriving to Thailand from overseas.

In the UK, 109 cases of what the media calls the new “Thai strain” has been detected by the Public Health England. Health officials in the UK did not report on where exactly the mutated variant was found. Officials say there’s no evidence at the moment that proves the strain is more severe than other strains, or resistant to vaccines.

Maybe the Thai variant should be called C555.


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Tanutam Thawan

Local Thai journalist speaking fluent Thai and English. Tanutam studied in Khon Kaen before attending Bangkok’s Chulalongkhorn University.

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