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Delta variant accounts for 97.6% of new COVID infections in Bangkok

97.6% of the COVID-19 cases in Bangkok, randomly checked by the Medical Sciences Department, are the easily transmissible Delta variant while, in the provinces, the same variant accounts for 93%…

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No COVID-19 South African C.1.2 variant in Thailand…yet

Thailand’s Disease Control Department has not yet found a single case of the South African C.1.2 variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country. Director of the Emergency Health Hazard and Disease…

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Israel’s COVID-19 vaccine boosters show signs of taming Delta

JERUSALEM, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Less than a month into a COVID-19 vaccine booster drive, Israel is seeing signs of an impact on the country’s high infection and severe illness rates…

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A man sits in front of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House amid an extended lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Sydney on August 13, 2021. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Sydney extends lockdown, imposes partial curfew

Sydney (AFP) – Sydney extended its two-month-old lockdown for another month and introduced a partial curfew Friday, as Australia’s largest city struggled to contain a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak.  New South Wales…

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Delta variant now 95.4% of Bangkok’s new cases, spreads to almost all provinces

The Delta variant now accounts for 95.4% of new COVID-19 infections in Bangkok and has spread to 76 out of Thailand’s 77 provinces, said Director-General of Medical Sciences Department Dr….

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Delta now dominant variant in Thailand with 78.2% found in new cases in most parts of country

The readily transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant, which was first confirmed in Thailand in mid-May in a Thai mother and her 4-year son arriving from Pakistan, has now spread through 74…

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A woman gets a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a coronavirus testing site in Seoul, South Korea, July 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea on alert for new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID–19 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday, as the country battles with its…

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U.S. CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said,…

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Philippines to bar travel from Malaysia, Thailand to curb Delta’s spread

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will ban travellers coming from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus, the presidential…

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Is Thailand’s bid to join global vaccine-sharing initiative too little, too late?

Thailand is finally bidding to join the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative after being hit by a critical shortage of effective vaccines at the height of its contagion crisis….

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Two doses of Pfizer, AstraZeneca shots effective against Delta variant: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Two doses of Pfizer or AstraZeneca‘s COVID-19 vaccine are nearly as effective against the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant as they are against the previously dominant Alpha variant, a study published on Wednesday showed. Officials say vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, now the dominant variant worldwide, though the study reiterated that…

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Medical personnel prepares the body of a patient who died of COVID-19 inside the “farewell room” at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the “Klinikum Darmstadt” clinic in Darmstadt, Germany, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Europe becomes first region to cross 50 million COVID-19 cases

(Reuters) – Europe became the first region worldwide to cross 50 million coronavirus cases on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as the more contagious Delta variant spurred a record surge in daily new infections. The region is seeing a million new infections about every eight days…

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Are Pfizer shots the cure for Thailand’s COVID crisis?

Despite being the most talked about and sought-after vaccine in Thailand, not a single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech has been administered here to date. The Pfizer jab’s efficacy is impressively high…

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How Thailand rode out COVID waves only to be hit by ‘virus tsunami’ 

The latest wave of COVID-19 in Thailand has dwarfed its predecessors, with daily figures surging to nearly 10,000 new cases and almost 100 deaths. So, how did Thailand get to this point after doing so…

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Thai construction workers infected by hybrid of Delta and Alpha variants

A construction worker was found to be simultaneously infected by both the Alpha and Delta COVID-19 variants, while six others were infected with a hybrid strain of the two, according…

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How Thai government’s management of COVID crisis may land it in hot soup

Government critics and opposition politicians are campaigning for people impacted by COVID-19 and the associated restrictions to sue the state for compensation over the damage caused. They say the government,…

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Sinovac vaccine barely effective against Alpha or Delta COVID-19 variants

Antibody tests, among staff at the Thai Red Cross Emerging Infectious Diseases Health Science Centre at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, who were fully inoculated with the Chinese-made…

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Thai study finds 2 doses of Sinovac can’t beat Delta variant, AstraZeneca can

Inoculation with two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine can boost the neutralizing antibody level to 80-90% and provide immunity to the Alpha variant of the COVID-19 virus to some extent,…

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Thailand among emerging economies most vulnerable to Delta variant – JPMorgan

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Economies of  Thailand, the Philippines, Peru, Colombia and South Africa are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 Delta variant within emerging markets, mostly due to…

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COVID-19 infections in Thailand could surge to 10,000 a day next week, CCSA says

New COVID-19 infections could surge to 10,000 a day next week, almost doubling this week’s daily figures as more Delta variant cases have been found, according to the Centre for…

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Biden zeroes in on Delta variant as U.S. nears 160 million fully vaccinated

(Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday encouraged Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots to protect themselves from the widely-spreading, highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Biden told reporters the…

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Thailand enters 4th COVID-19 wave as more cases are of mutated virus, CCSA advisor says

Thailand is now entering the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Delta coronavirus variant expected to become the dominant strain in Thailand and the rest of the world…

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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…

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Voluntary full lockdown proposed by RCPT chair amid surging COVID-19 cases

The chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand, Air Marshal Dr. Anutra Chittinandana, is asking Thai people to enter a voluntary full lockdown, to protect themselves against COVID-19,…

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70% of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand are Delta variant – Dr. Yong

About 70% of all new COVID-19 infections in Thailand are of the Delta (Indian) variant, which is 1.4 times more transmissible than the Alpha (UK) strain, said Dr. Yong Poovorawan,…

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Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine shows promise against Delta variant in lab study

(Reuters) – Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine showed promise against the Delta variant first identified in India in a lab study, with a modest decrease in response compared to the…

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AstraZeneca vaccine effective against Delta, Kappa variants, company says

(Reuters) – AstraZeneca Plc’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine is effective against Delta and Kappa variants, which were first identified in India, the company said on Tuesday, citing a study. The study…

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Delta variant in Thailand may replace Alpha in few months, says Medical Science Dept.

Medical Sciences Department Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak predicted that, in the next 2-3 months, the Delta (Indian) variant of COVID-19 may replace the Alpha (UK) strain as the dominant COVID-19…

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UK delays COVID reopening by a month, citing Delta variant risk

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed his plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions by a month on Monday, warning that thousands more people might die if he did nothing because of the…

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Delta (Indian) COVID-19 strain in 11 Thai provinces – Medical Sciences Department

The Delta (Indian) variant of COVID-19 has spread to 11 provinces in Thailand, with 348 people found to be infected to date, including 318 cases in Bangkok alone, according to…

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