Thailand detects first case of Omicron variant

BANGKOK (CNA) – Thailand has detected its first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in a United States (US) citizen who had travelled to the country from Spain late last month, a health official said yesterday.

The confirmed case in the man, who had arrived on November 29, makes Thailand the 47th country to have found the new variant, Director-general of the Department of Disease Control Opas Karnkawinpong, told a news conference.

“This first confirmed case of Omicron variant is a 35-year-old man who is a US citizen who lived in Spain for a year,” Opas said adding that the patient had mild symptoms.

Opas said health authorities were conducting further tests of people who had come into contact with the man, but said all contacts so far were low risk. A spokesman for the Spanish Health ministry said, “Our detection system has so far proved successful.

We have detected five cases in Spain.”