Delta variant taking over in Bangkok, spreads to 46 other provinces

The COVID-19 Delta variant has been found in more than half of the samples received recently from Bangkok, and has spread to 46 other provinces across the country, according to the Department of Medical Sciences today (Monday).

Of the 936 samples collected over the past week in Bangkok, the Delta variant makes up 52%, followed by Alpha at 47.8%, said Department Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak.

Of the 11,233 samples received since April 1st, 9,209 were of the Alpha variant (81.98%), 721 were of the Delta strain (16.36%) and 186 were of the Beta strain (1.66%).

When focusing on recent samples, however, taken between June 28th and July 2nd, it is apparent that the incidence of the Delta variant is increasing, at 32.2% of the 2,238 samples from across the country, with Alpha still leading at 65.1% and Beta remaining minimal at 2.6%.

The more transmissible Delta variant, first identified in India, is on track to become the dominant COVID-19 strain in many countries and is expected to overtake the Alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, soon. It has been found in almost 100 countries to date, according to the World Health Organization.

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