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Thailand’s high virologist predicts surge in Omicron infections quickly

A safety guard sporting a face masks stands beside tools to verify passengers’ temperatures at a BTS skytrain station in Bangkok on December 6, 2021 as Thailand recorded on Monday its first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus Omicron variant. AFP

BANGKOK — The Omicron Covid-19 variant has arrived in Thailand and is spreading, skilled virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan stated in a Fb publish on Sunday.

Dr Yong additionally stated it was troublesome to pinpoint the origin of Omicron infections in Thailand as a result of many occasions are being held that will have triggered transmissions.

“The wave of Omicron infections in Thailand will not be past our expectation as a result of it may be transmitted shortly, even amongst individuals who have obtained two jabs,” he stated.

“Therefore, folks ought to strictly adhere to measures to include the unfold of the virus.”

He additionally admitted that he was involved that folks touring over the New 12 months break would trigger Omicron to unfold additional.

Public Well being Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated on Friday that 205 Omicron instances have been confirmed in lots of provinces, together with Chiang Mai and Songkhla.

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