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Thailand Reports First Death From Omicron Variant


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BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand has confirmed the nation’s first fatality from the Omicron coronavirus strain after an elderly woman died last week.


According to the Provincial Public Health Office in Songkhla province, the 86-year-old woman passed away at Hat Yai Hospital on Wednesday (12 Jan) after contracting the virus from her nephew who had returned from Phuket province. Songkhla’s centre for medical sciences examined the patient’s samples, which revealed that she had been infected with the Omicron variant.


Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control (DDC), said the patient had received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but she was still considered at risk due to underlying health conditions. She was also reported to be bedridden and suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.


Thailand reported nine additional Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, the first time in months that the toll has dropped into single-digit figures. The nine fatalities were all in at-risk categories and involved people over the age of 60. Dr Opas said that because a large number of people have been vaccinated, the number of fatalities from the virus has fallen significantly while the number of patients suffering from severe symptoms has decreased as well.


Dr Opas added that the Public Health Ministry is working to expedite the delivery of booster shots to at-risk groups and urged people in these groups to receive their vaccinations as soon as possible to prevent severe cases and possible fatalities.


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