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Thailand confirms two Omicron XBB cases, neither are serious

Two Omicron XBB cases have been found in Thailand, but both patients have already recovered, according to Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Medical Sciences Department. The first case is…

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Will new XBB strain cause COVID to resurge in Thailand?

The rapid spread of COVID-19’s latest subvariant – XBB – is grabbing attention worldwide, including in Thailand. Three weeks after it was first detected in Singapore, XBB now accounts for…

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Data collected from 352 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital from September 2021 show that 82 percent had at least one long-COVID symptom. (Photo by Fusion Medical Animation)

Five COVID-19 BA.2.75 cases found in Thailand, BA.4 and BA.5 still dominant

Five cases of Omicron BA.2.75 have been found in Thailand, while BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants remain dominant, 91.5% in Bangkok and 79.8% in the rest of the country. This is…

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More transmissible COVID-19 sub-variant BA.4.6 not yet detected in Thailand

The Centre for Medical Genomics at Thailand’s Ramathibodi Hospital is closely monitoring a new sub-variant of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, BA.4.6, which spreads faster than others, including BA.4 and BA.5,…

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COVID-19-infected schoolboy dies of MIS-C, DDC says

Thailand’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) said today (Thursday) that the 6-year-old COVID-19 infected schoolboy, who died on earlier this week, had been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children…

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Thailand reports first case of Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant

The Centre for Medical Genomics at Ramathibodi Hospital has reported the country’s first case of the COVID-19 Omicron BA.2.75 sub-variant infection, in the southern province of Trang. The case was…

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Omicron’s new BA.4, BA.5 subvariants: How worried should we be?

Thai health authorities are keeping a close eye on two new Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – that are fast becoming dominant COVID-19strains across the world. Dr Supakit Sirilak,…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

BA.4 and BA.5 COVID sub-variants may become dominant in Thailand

Medical Sciences Department Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak has predicted that the COVID-19 Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants are likely to become dominant in Thailand,after random testing of 948 Omicron cases…

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Over 80 COVID-19 BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variant cases found in Thailand to date

A total of 81 cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variant infections have, so far, been found in Thailand, according to latest information from the Global Initiative on Sharing All…

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana)

Warning of new COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant spreading in US

Thailand’s Center for Medical Genomics (CMG) at Ramathibodi hospital has issued a warning about a new Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, which is becoming more prevalent in the US, accounting for roughly…

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (green) heavily infected with Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (purple), isolated from a patient sample, at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. (Photo by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

COVID-19 Omicron BA.2 will supersede BA.1 in next two weeks in Thailand

The Thai Medical Sciences Department has predicted that, in less than two weeks, the BA.2 sub-variant of the Omicron variant will account for 100% of new COVID-19 infections in Thailand….

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Thailand’s first suspected infection by COVID-19 Omicron XJ strain found

The Medical Sciences Department announced the discovery of a suspected case of Omicron XJ variant today (Monday), in a Thai delivery man, and is awaiting for confirmation through more analysis…

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Dozens of suspected COVID ‘Deltacron’ cases found in Thailand, all recover

In December and January, Thailand detected 73 cases of suspected “Deltacron”, a broad name describing variants of the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) that contain a mixture of mutations found in Delta…

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Four possible cases of BA.2.2 Omicron sub-variant detected in Thailand no cause for alarm

The Thai Medical Sciences Department has found four possible cases of infection by the BA.2.2 strain of the COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant in Thailand, but has asked the public not to…

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Senior Thai doctor advises asymptomatic, mild COVID-19 cases to isolate and protect others

A specialist in pulmonary disease at Thailand’s Vichaiyut Hospital, Dr. Manoon Leechawengwongs, has reiterated his recommendation that those infected with COVID-19, who have no or mild symptoms, isolate at home….

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Thailand is transitioning to an endemic, so what happens now if you catch COVID?

With COVID-19 now spreading at a rate of more than 20,000 officially confirmed new infections per day, everyone is at risk of catching the disease. So, many people will be…

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BA.2 sub variant of Omicron becoming dominant strain in Thailand

The BA.2 sub variant of the COVID-19 Omicron variant is spreading rapidly across Thailand and is replacing the BA.1 as the dominant sub variant. Medicine which is effective against the…

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Thailand’s daily COVID-19 infections will remain high for 2-6 weeks

The daily number of new COVID-19 infections will remain high for at least 2-6 weeks, before they begin to stabilise and then decrease, according to the Public Health Ministry. Public…

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Thai Public Health Ministry braces for more COVID-19 patients

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has issued an urgent order instructing state hospital directors and provincial health chiefs across the country to prepare their medical personnel and facilities,…

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COVID infection risk raised back to ‘Level 4’ in Thailand

The Thai Ministry of Public Health has once again upgraded the risk of COVID-19 infection to Level 4, the second highest level, across the country, as 90% of new infections…

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Japan eases strict border controls criticised by business, educators

Japan will ease border controls imposed to counter the pandemic, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday, softening measures that have been among the strictest imposed by wealthy nations and…

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Concerns raised over Omicron variant’s long term physical and mental effects

The main concerns surrounding the rapid transmissibility of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, which accounted for 97.2% of samplings of infections last week, are not hospitalisation or mortality rates, but the…

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Skin or muscle? The choice facing COVID booster recipients in Thailand

In a move to reduce side effects from mRNA booster shots, the Public Health Ministry has given recipients three different COVID-19 vaccination options. The first is the full 30-microgram dose via intramuscular injection. The…

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Diana Merchant self-tests for COVID-19 at a No Cost COVID-19 Drive-Through testing provided the GUARDaHEART Foundation at the Guirado Park in Whittier, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. With the brutal omicron wave rapidly easing its grip, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. are falling in 49 of the 50 states. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

US death toll from COVID-19 hits 900,000, sped by omicron

Propelled in part by the wildly contagious omicron variant, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 900,000 on Friday, less than two months after eclipsing 800,000. The two-year total, as…

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Passengers stand at the Noerreport Metrostation in Copenhagen Denmark, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Denmark has become one of the first European Union countries to scrap most pandemic restrictions as the country no longer considers the COVID-19 outbreak “a socially critical disease.” (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

New turning point? More countries easing COVID restrictions

GENEVA (AP) — Late-night disco partying. Elbow-to-elbow seating in movie theaters. Mask-free bearing of faces in public, especially in Europe and North America: Bit by bit, many countries that have…

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Over 23,000 apply for Thailand Pass under ‘Test and Go’ on first day of its resumption

A total of 23,660 travellers applied for a Thailand Pass to enter the country through the “Test and Go” quarantine exemption scheme yesterday (Tuesday), the first day the scheme resumed…

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World may enter COVID-19 post-pandemic phase this year, says Thailand’s DDC

COVID-19 pandemic may enter the post-pandemic stage this year, due to mass vaccinations and the fact that the Omicron variant is less potent than Delta, though it is more transmissible,…

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Fourteen BA.2 COVID cases detected in Thailand, one dead

The number of Omicron BA.2 sub-variant COVID-19 cases in Thailand has increased to 14 to date. One has died. Medical Sciences Department Director-General Dr. Supakit Sirilak said today (Wednesday) that…

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A vial labelled “Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine” is seen in this illustration taken January 16, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Pfizer and BioNTech launch trial of Omicron-targeted COVID vaccine

NEW YORK, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE said on Tuesday they started a clinical trial to test a new version of their vaccine specifically designed to target…

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Nine Omicron BA.2 sub-variant cases in Thailand to date, first case found on January 2

The Department of Medical Sciences and a network of laboratories in Thailand have detected nine cases of the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron since the beginning of this month, by means…

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Do not assume COVID pandemic reaching ‘end game’, warns WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday that it was dangerous to assume the Omicron variant would herald the end of COVID-19’s acutest phase, exhorting nations…

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Europe could be headed towards end of pandemic after Omicron, says WHO

AFP – The Omicron variant has moved the Covid-19 pandemic into a new phase and could bring it to an end in Europe, the WHO Europe director said Sunday. “It’s plausible that…

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Health ministry says Level 4 COVID-19 alert still necessary as infections have yet to peak

The Level 4 COVID-19 alert, in place in Thailand since the early this month, is still necessary because the new wave of infections has not yet reached its peak and…

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Bangkok City Hall cancels Chinese New Year celebrations as Omicron spreads

Chinese New Year celebrations in Bangkok will be cancelled again this year to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, particularly the Omicron variant. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) say decorations…

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Israel study: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that is raging…

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Boosters recommended for higher immunity against Omicron – Siriraj, Medical Sciences Dept

Vaccine booster shots are recommended for higher immune response against the Omicron COVID-19 variant for people having already received two jabs of any vaccine makes, according to Thailand’s Siriraj Institute…

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Thai genomics centre predicts COVID-19 will become endemic in the near future

The Centre for Medical Genomics, at the Faculty of Medicine of Ramathibodi Hospital, reported today (Monday) that Thailand is approaching the “end game” of the COVID-19 pandemic, with “a glimmer…

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Public reminded not to lower their guard as Bangkok field hospitals get busy

Field hospitals in Bangkok admitted 2,611 COVID-infected patients over the first 14 days of the New Year as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha repeated his appeal to the public to comply…

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Students gather outside of CPS headquarters to stage one of several mass “Walkout for COVID Safety” at high schools due to the Omicron spread in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Jim Vondruska

As Omicron fuels surge, U.S. students stage walkouts to protest in-person classes

BOSTON/CHICAGO, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Hundreds of students in Boston and Chicago walked out of classes on Friday in protests demanding a switch to remote learning as a surge in…

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Pfizer booster after two Sinovac jabs are most effective against Delta, Omicron

Two doses of Sinovac and a booster dose of Pfizer vaccines generate the highest level of immune response against the Delta and Omicron variants, measured at 1,143 Geometric Mean Titer…

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Welcome to “Newer Normal”

“New Normal” was an adapted way of life that prevailed when people thought they could perish if infected by the coronavirus. That adaptation is partly old now because, while the virus…

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A medical worker wearing a protective suit takes swab samples for the COVID-19 test on residents in Huaxian county in central China’s Henan province on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (Chinatopix via AP)

China locks down third city, raising affected to 20 million

BEIJING (AP) — A third Chinese city has locked down its residents because of a COVID-19 outbreak, raising the number confined to their homes in China to about 20 million…

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Virologist says Omicron variant becoming dominant in Thailand faster than anticipated

Senior Thai virologist Dr. Yong Poovorawan said today (Tuesday) that the Omicron variant is becoming the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Thailand faster than predicted, overtaking Delta. Dr. Yong, head…

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Medical staff treat a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S., January 4, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record at over 132,000 as Omicron surges

(Reuters) – COVID–19 hospitalizations in the United States reached a record high on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as a surge in infections caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant strains health systems in several…

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Mass vaccinations, tests, among measures to handle Omicron wave

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is rolling out four measures to cope with the new wave of COVID-19 infections, especially the Omicron variant, with an emphasis on slowing down the…

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Omicron now dominant COVID-19 variant among new cases in Thailand

The Omicron variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in Thailand, representing 70.3% of new infections in the week between January 2nd and 8th, with total Omicron cases numbering 5,397,…

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Thai virologist downplays presence of new ‘Deltacron’ COVID variant

A senior Thai virologist has dismissed the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant, unofficially dubbed “Deltacron” as reported in Cyprus, noting that it is possible that the RNA of both…

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Omicron: How the world’s fastest spreading virus could also end the pandemic

The Omicron variant has now spread across the globe, with new cases surging in countries including Thailand. As of Sunday (Jan 9), Worldometer.com registered 15.28 million new COVID-19 cases in…

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Rapid antigen testing in January 2022, being conducted by “Zendai” volunteers in Bangkok’s Din Daeng community.

What does new Level 4 alert mean for Thailand? 

The fifth wave of COVID-19 pushed Thailand’s alert level to 4 in the first week of 2022 as the ultra-transmissible Omicron variant spread nationwide. People across the country are raising…

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Thai PM orders troops to prepare resources to set up field hospitals

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed Thailand’s three armed forces and the police to tighten up COVID-19 safety measures, to prevent clusters of infections among their men, and to prepare…

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Omicron less severe but still threat to health systems

Omicron is causing record numbers of cases around the world, and though it causes less severe Covid-19 experts warn this wave still threatens to overwhelm health systems. – Nose and…

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Thailand’s COVID-19 alert level raised to 4 amid increasing infections

Thailand’s COVID-19 alert has been raised from Level 3 to Level 4 today (Thursday), with more restrictive measures to be announced in the near future, according to Public Health Permanent…

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Fifth wave of COVID-19 already sweeping through Thailand – Medical Services chief

Thailand is facing the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic sooner than anticipated, with the curve of infections on a steep rise and body temperature scanners installed in most offices…

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Vaccinations, mutations among reasons why Omicron is less potent, says Thai virologist

Dr. Yong Poovorawan, chief of the Centre of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine of Chulalongkorn University, has offered an explanation as to why the Omicron variant…

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COVID cases on the rise in Phuket, 167 Omicron infections detected so far

COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Thailand’s Phuket province over the past week, with  a total of 167 COVID-19 Omicron variant cases among Thais and foreign tourists being…

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People walk past a Covid-19 testing station on January 4, 2022, in New York. – The US recorded more than 1 million Covid-19 cases on January 3, 2022 (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)

U.S. reports nearly 1 million COVID-19 cases in a day, setting global record

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday backed its week-old guidance for people seeking to end their COVID–19 isolation at five days, adding they could take a rapid…

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Global economy: Asian factories take Omicron risks in stride, for now

TOKYO, Jan 4 (Reuters) – Asia’s factory activity grew in December as companies took rising global cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant in stride, though persistent supply constraints and rising input…

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With over 2,000 Omicron cases in Thailand so far, expert predicts beginning of new wave

With over 2,000 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus detected in Thailand to date according to the Ministry of Public Health, the country is entering a new wave of…

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File / Beds and items provided to patients in a field hospital set up in the Bangkok Arena indoor multi-purpose sporting venue to accomodate an upsurge in the number of Covid-19 coronavirus cases in the country.

Omicron guidelines set, mild and asymptomatic cases to be isolated at home or state facilities

Thailand’s Medical Services Department has issued a set of guidelines to deal with COVID-19 Omicron variant cases, to ensure the infected are provided with safe and timely treatment. The department…

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Thailand’s schools told to self-assess for COVID-19 risks in managing classes

Thailand’s schools have been instructed to self-assess for COVID-19 risks in managing their classes, in the Ministry of Education’s latest announcement published yesterday (Monday) outlining some measures for schools across the…

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U.S. schools delay openings as Omicron rages; New York City hits 33% positivity rate

(Reuters) – Thousands of U.S. schools delayed this week’s scheduled return to classrooms following the holiday break or switched to remote learning as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus pushed COVID-19 cases to record levels….

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Indonesia to give booster shots to public from Jan 12 as Omicron spreads

JAKARTA, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Indonesia will begin giving COVID-19 booster shots to the general public from January 12, health minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday, as the Omicron…

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India launches drive to vaccinate children before a feared Omicron surge

MUMBAI, Jan 3 (Reuters) – India started vaccinating children aged 15 to 18 against the coronavirus on Monday as it quickly expands its inoculation effort to cover the world’s largest…

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S.Korea reports first deaths linked to Omicron coronavirus variant – Yonhap

SEOUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Two people who posthumously tested positive for the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus appear to be the first such reported deaths in the…

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PM says Thailand will advance based on achievements of last year, despite slowdown in tourist arrivals

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he is confident that 2022 will be a year of the “sustainable extension” of his government’s achievements during the previous year, despite the crises…

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Opinion : US-Russia tussle; mutual security or mutual destruction?

It was clear from the 50-minute conversation between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday that their countries will be able to survive only through future…

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Fireworks explode over skyline building to celebrate New Year in Hong Kong, China, January 1, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Omicron dampens worldwide New Year celebrations, but London throws party on TV

Jan 1 (Reuters) – The Omicron coronavirus variant dampened New Year festivities around much of the world, as cities from Paris to Kuala Lumpur cancelled civic celebrations, but London threw…

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Thailand records 194 more COVID-19 Omicron cases on Wednesday

Omicron variant infections in Thailand increased by 194 yesterday (Wednesday), to 934. Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Medical Sciences Department, said today (Thursday) that the new cases include 88…

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A volunteer from the Bangkok Community Help Foundation administering a rapid antigen test, which screens for the Covid-19 coronavirus, to a resident of the Khlong Toei community in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

2021: The year Thailand walked a COVID tightrope of hope and horror

To the disappointment of all Thais, 2021 has been another year of COVID-19 outbreaks. Despite an accelerating mass vaccination drive across the country, the end of the pandemic is not…

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Thai Health Ministry says cloth face masks effective if worn properly

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health is insisting that cloth face masks can protect against the Omicron COVID-19 variant, if they are made of muslin and worn properly. The statement was…

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Medical Sciences Department reports total of 739 Omicron cases in Thailand

Confirmed Omicron cases in Thailand have increased to 739, including 488 cases among arrivals from abroad and 251 locally-acquired cases, according to Dr. Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Medical Services…

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The Thai economy is heavily dependent on tourism as a major employment generator. Businesses have been hit hard by the prolonged pandemic situation and the fallout of lockdown restrictions since 2020.(Photo by Richard Balog)

2021: Economic recovery stuck in pandemic quicksand

After the sharp economic contraction triggered by the pandemic in 2020, hopes were high that Thailand’s economy would stage a recovery in 2021.  The COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020 had…

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WHO warns of Omicron overload as China, Europe impose new curbs

The WHO warned Tuesday that the Omicron coronavirus variant could lead to overwhelmed healthcare systems even though early studies suggest it leads to milder disease, as China and Germany brought back tough…

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Cloth face masks not recommended against Omicron

Cloth face masks are useless against the Omicron variant and the Thai COVID-19 Information Centre is recommending that people wear three-layer medical masks instead, citing information from a guest professor…

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Bruised, defiant but clueless still, humans enter 2022

Headlines all over the world in 2021 do not give the coronavirus the credit it deserves. Expression of awe and show of panic is seasonal at best, meaning that whenever infection…

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All schools in Kalasin municipality closed until December 30th over Omicron concerns

The communicable disease committee in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Kalasin has ordered all schools and educational institutes located in the municipality to close until December 30th, after it was discovered…

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Thailand considers triple AstraZeneca vaccine regimen to fight Omicron variant

Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) is in the process of obtaining information from Oxford University’s lab study, which shows that a three-dose course of AstraZeneca vaccine is effective against the…

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Thai hospitals prepare for COVID outbreaks during New Year mass exodus from cities

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has instructed all hospitals nationally to prepare staff and equipment, including isolation facilities, to cope with the mass movement of people back to…

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Over 200 Omicron cases confirmed in Thailand, Kalasin -Udon Thani cluster of concern

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul revealed today (Friday) that 205 Omicron cases have been confirmed in the country to date, with the husband-wife couple in Kalasin province, who recently returned…

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People wearing protective face masks walk at Capitoline Museums (Musei Capitolini), on the day before coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health passes, known as Green Passes, become mandatory on public transport, in Rome, Italy December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italy bans New Year events as COVID infections surge

ROME (Reuters) – Italy has tightened restrictions to curb surging COVID-19 infections, including banning all public New Year‘s Eve celebrations, as daily infections hit a record high, the government said on Thursday. Health Minister Roberto Speranza said mask…

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Travelers push their luggage past baggage claim inside the United Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the holiday season as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Omicron variant threatens to increase case numbers in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Bing Guan

United, Delta cancel more than 200 U.S. Christmas Eve flights amid COVID surge

(Reuters) – United Airlines and Delta Air Lines on Thursday said they had each canceled dozens of Christmas Eve flights, as the spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant takes a toll on its flight crews and other workers. Chicago-based United canceled 120 flights for Friday,…

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AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford lab study finds

A three-dose course of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday, citing data from an Oxford University lab study. Findings from the…

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New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over the Chao Phraya river during the fireworks show in Bangkok on January 1, 2021. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Bangkok city hall cancels its New Year countdown event, prayer ceremonies

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has decided to cancel the official New Year countdown event and prayer ceremony planned to be held at its Lan Khon Meaung town square and…

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Israeli tourist who fled quarantine in Bangkok infected with Omicron variant

The Israeli tourist, who escaped from a quarantine facility in Bangkok and travelled to several provinces in Thailand, has been arrested by police on Koh Samui, in the southern province…

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Boosters may prolong Covid WHO warns, France jabs kids as Omicron surges

London (AFP) – The WHO warned Wednesday that rich countries cannot use boosters to escape the coronavirus and France became one of the first nations to vaccinate children over five, as nations…

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Customers are seen inside a private COVID-19 testing clinic in a busy shopping area, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, December 22, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Britain exceeds 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID–19 cases for the first time since widespread testing was introduced, with 106,122 on Wednesday compared with 90,629 on Tuesday. The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has driven a surge…

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Khon Kaen province reports its first two Omicron cases

Khon Kaen Governor Somsak Jungtrakul announced the detection of the province’s first two Omicron variant cases today (Wednesday), but he asked people in the province not to panic, assuring them…

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Case drop may show South Africa’s omicron peak has passed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country’s dramatic omicron-driven surge has passed its peak, medical experts say. Daily…

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Just over 100 Omicron cases detected in Thailand to date, more tests underway

The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) confirmed today (Wednesday) that Thailand has detected a total of 104 Omicron cases to date, while 34 more COVID-19 infections among Test &…

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Thailand’s Chiang Rai province detects first potential Omicron case

Chiang Rai Governor Pasakorn Boonyalak, accompanied by provincial health chief Dr. Watchapong Kamla, announced the first potential Omicron variant case in the province today (Tuesday). The governor said that the…

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A soldier from the Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) administers a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic set up at Chester Cathedral on December 16, 2021 as the UK steps up the country’s booster drive to fight a “tidal wave” of Omicron.

Europe considers new curbs as Omicron sweeps world

Countries across Europe were considering new curbs on movement on Tuesday as the fast-moving Omicron variant swept the world days before Christmas, throwing travel plans into chaos and unnerving financial…

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Thailand may resume quarantine requirement to stem spread of Omicron

The Thai Ministry of Public Health will recommend, to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) at its meeting this week, that it suspends the “Test and Go” program for…

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WHO sounds warning over fast-spreading Omicron

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is spreading faster than the Delta variant and is causing infections in people already vaccinated or who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease, the head of the…

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Omicron uncertainty prompts WEF to delay Davos summit to mid-2022

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Monday postponed its annual meeting in Davos due to the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, putting off the event scheduled for January until…

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First local transmission of Omicron detected in Thailand, 63 cases confirmed so far

Thailand has confirmed a total of 63 Omicron cases to date, with more cases awaiting confirmation, according to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Most of the confirmed and initially detected cases…

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Moderna booster helps to generate antibodies against Omicron

When the Omicron variant emerged, many weren’t sure whether current mRNA vaccines could hold the fort, as they had done with variants such as the Victoria, Beta and Delta. It…

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A mural depicting a man in protective suit spraying disinfectant on a coronavirus at the Tijuca neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)

Is Omicron one of coronavirus’ greatest tricks?

Delta scares. There is no question about that. Harder to say is what Omicron is doing. Is it frightening, or lulling, or confusing, or performing a mixture of everything? What…

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People queue for their vaccination at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK COVID cases hit record; Top doctor warns of worse to come

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. recorded the highest number of confirmed new COVID-19 infections Wednesday since the pandemic began, and England’s chief medical officer warned the situation is likely to…

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. (Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP)

EU official: Omicron to be dominant variant by mid-January

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the 27-nation bloc by mid-January, amid concerns that a…

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Nine Omicron cases confirmed in Thailand to date, five others await confirmation

One more Omicron variant case has been confirmed in Thailand, bringing total confirmed cases to date to nine, plus five potential cases still awaiting confirmation by means of whole genome…

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