According to the Thai Ministry of Medical Sciences, the highly transmissible Covid19 variant “Omicron” has now been detected in all 77 Thai provinces.
Ministry spokesman Supakit Sirilak announced to the press the 10 provinces with the most omicron infections: Bangkok (4,178 cases), Chonburi/Pattaya (837 cases), Phuket (434 cases), Roi Et (355 cases), Samut Prakan (329 cases), Surat Thani (319 cases), Kalasin (301 cases), Udon Thani (217 cases), Chiang Mai (214 cases) and Khon Kaen (214 cases).
He went on to say that 97 to 98 percent of current new infections in Thailand are of the omicron variant, but that figure is expected to increase to 100 percent by the end of January.
Supakit added that most deaths in Thailand are again related to the Delta Covid19 variant. Supakit also briefed on the results of DNA sampling from new Covid-19 cases taken between January 11 and 17.
The samples show the proportion of omicron infections detected in seven different population groups:
• General population samples, reflecting the overall situation in Thailand: 83.7 percent.
• Samples from new clusters (minimum 50 infections per cluster): 84.86 percent.
• Samples from cases with severe symptoms or deaths: 67.21 percent.
• Samples from fully vaccinated cases: 72.35 percent.
• Samples from infected medical workers: 74.58 percent.
• Samples from groups suspected of being infected with new variants: 75.90 percent.
• Samples from the group that recovered from Covid-19: 100 percent.
Meanwhile, Omikron is responsible for 96.9 percent of cases that came from abroad and 100 percent of local new infections. Supakit has called on the population to get a booster shot as soon as possible to reduce the risk of contamination with the new variant.