Thailand reports first death from Omicron variant of coronavirus

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A health worker takes swab samples from a student for a rapid antigen test, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at a school, in Bangkok, Thailand, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/ Chalinee Thirasupa

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BANGKOK, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Thailand has reported its first death from the highly contagious variant of the Omicron coronavirus, a health official said on Sunday.

The death, an 86-year-old woman from the southern province of Songkhla, came after Thailand detected its first case of Omicron last month, leading to the reinstatement of its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors. . Read more

“The woman is a bedridden patient,” health ministry spokesman Rungrueng Kitphati told Reuters.

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Such a death was expected as the country has so far reported more than 10,000 cases of Omicron, he said, adding that Thailand would not need further containment measures.

Thailand reported 8,077 new infections and nine deaths on Sunday, bringing the total to more than 2.3 million cases and nearly 22,000 deaths since the pandemic began in 2020.

About 66% of the roughly 72 million people living in the country have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, but about 14.9% have received boosters.

On Jan. 11, the central bank said Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy would take a 0.3% hit from Omicron, although it was expected to be managed by the first half of the year. Read more

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Reporting by Orathai Sriring and Kitiphong Thaichareon Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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