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Thailand is on high alert for Omicron cases, health ministry says


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Thailand is on high alert for Omicron cases, health ministry says

The Ministry of Health is closely monitoring infections of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron and has urged its provincial offices to maintain all preventive measures, said the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Kiattiphum Wongrajit.

He spoke at a meeting with the Emergency Operations Center and representatives of provincial public health agencies across the country.

“The Departments of Medical Sciences and Disease Control have been tasked with closely monitoring the new variant and communicating regularly with the public to address their concerns,” he said.

“Meanwhile, all provincial public health agencies must follow VUCA measures – vaccination, universal prevention, Covid-free establishment and use of antigen testing kits.

“These measures should mainly target priority groups, namely seniors over 60, pregnant women and people with health problems,” he added.

“The people who have been vaccinated as AIDS should focus on maintaining universal prevention and Covid-free institutions in their daily lives to keep their families and communities safe.”

Omicron, which was designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) last week, is a new and potentially more contagious strain of Covid-19.

Thailand and several other countries have restricted travel to and from certain countries in southern Africa where many people have been infected by the tribe. Omicron was detected in South Africa on November 24 from a sample collected on November 9.

The ministry also reported that between November 1 and 27, 116,323 people arrived in Thailand by plane. Of them, only 149 or 0.13% tested positive for the Covid19 virus.

Most tourists in November come from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Japan, Russia, South Korea, France, the UAE and Singapore.

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