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Spread of Omicron can be controlled if measures strictly adhered to, says doctor

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There is low to very low risk of Thailand’s first Omicron case infecting others as the cycle threshold in the RT-PCR test is very high, Dr Anan Jongkaewwatana from the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology said in a Facebook post on Monday.

He made this remark after the Public Health Ministry announced that the country’s first Omicron infection was detected in a foreigner who had arrived from Spain on November 30.

Anan said the patient did not develop any symptoms possibly because he had taken the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.

“If the patient wears a face mask at all times, then I believe this discovery is not worrisome,” he said.

 

However, Anan has advised the authorities to strictly screen all tourists, not just those arriving from Africa.

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Published : December 06, 2021

By : THE NATION