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Covid-19 variant first detected in India reported in Thailand state quarantine

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The mutated strain of Covid-19 that was first reported in India has been detected in Thailand. Health officials say a Thai woman and her young son tested positive for the variant while in quarantine for those arriving in Thailand from overseas.

The mother and her sons, ages 4, 6, and 8, had arrived in Thailand from Pakistan on April 24, according to a spokesperson for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration. Just the mother and her 4 year old son tested positive for the B.1.617.1 strain, a variant first reported in India, while they were in a state-arranged quarantine facility.

“These were the first detections of the Indian variant in the country…There is concern about this variant and about the possibility that it could mutate in Thailand.”

The Thai government had banned flights from India, with the expectation of repatriation flights for returning Thais, due to the new variant of the virus. With the new variant found in people travelling from Pakistan, authorities are now mulling over whether to extend the ban on international arrivals from other countries.

The variant was first detected in India in October and has been reported in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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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.


  1. It is time for decision makers to understand that it does not work to open the country this year. Game over 2021/2022. Or can you say bad karma, yes I think so. Cheers Thailand and see you again 21/22.

  2. Unless there is a major change of strategy on vaccinations, then I’m afraid I have to agree. The Phuket Sandbox will not progress in July (possibly late August or September and this will prove a mistake. More general tourism will not return until 2022. I wouldn’t like to say when exactly, possibly March 2022. The details regarding the Phuket sandbox need to be communicated clearly NOW. Of major concern to many westerners is the question of how long after your second jab will the Thais still consider you “vaccinated”. Previously they had said 3 months. As many western countries are well on course to administer second doses to people aged 40 and over by the end of June or July, then this could mean they have to enter Thailand by end of September or October. As the 40 are more likely to be the ones with the money to spend, then unless they clear this issue up, they will be left with the gap year kids and drug dealers. Latest studies show that antibodies are present beyond 3 months and most likely 6 months plus. However, that is unlikely to sway the Thais (not invented in Thailand) and so a problem for many currently in the first or second phase of vaccination. What a mess it all is ??

  3. Well Thaiger, I’m not sure if you are responding to my post as your response makes no sense. But if you are, then your response is not only juvenile but also shows your incredible bias. Reporting the news, even in the less than honest way that you do, is one thing, pushing an agenda is another. Your readers deserve better. I won’t hold my breath.

  4. I’m an Australian in Australia. I can’t leave here. Over 200 years ago when European settlement happened, my country was a penal colony for Britain’s most unwanted. Here we are in 2021 and it has gone full circle and is once again a prison. We have controlled the virus (down to 200 + cases). Our situation is the complete reverse of the situation in Thailand. Only a few short months ago, Thailand was in the same position as we are now. It’s very possible that the same could happen here in just a few months. I think we all want our governments to get on with vaccinating people, as fast and as proactively as possible. The pace of vaccination is far too slow. Here, some people like me, have been holding off on getting vaccinated because we don’t know how long the protection of vaccines would last. We had hoped to come to Thailand in November (Phuket). Then our Prime Minister yesterday says the border will remain closed until next year. I wonder if vaccination will really make any difference to borders opening. Vaccines don’t stop you getting the virus or transmitting it. They do, with varying degrees of effectiveness, stop serious illness or death. I have since early on in the pandemic, wondered why we haven’t diverted at least some of our attention to a rapid and 100% accurate covid test. Maybe 10% of the world has the virus….so 90% don’t. So maybe the 90% can go on living life and the 10% get the care they need…..just saying

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