Another ASEAN Country Announces First Case of Omicron Variant!


Thailand announced the country’s first case of the Omicron variant. This was stated by the Director General of the Department of Disease Control, Dr. Opas Karnkawinpong.

The first case is a male citizen of the United States who lives in Spain. The man arrived in Thailand on November 29, 2021.

“The first confirmed case of the Omicron variant is a 35-year-old man who is a US citizen who lived in Spain for one year,” Dr Opas told a press conference. Straits Times, Monday (6/12/2021).

Dr Opas said the 35-year-old patient had mild symptoms. After the discovery of this case, the local health authorities immediately carried out further tests on people who had contact with the man.

However, according to Dr Opas all contacts so far are low risk. He also said authorities were monitoring more potential cases among international travelers.

So far, Thailand has barred arrivals from eight African countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in early December amid concerns about the Omicron variant.

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