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COVID-19: THAILAND DETECTS UK VIRUS STRAIN


4 JAN 2021


BANGKOK: Thailand today detected cases of the new fast-spreading COVID-19 variant called B.1.1.7. in a family of four who arrived here from the United Kingdom.

Chief of the Virology Centre of the Faculty of Medicine at Chulalongkorn University, Dr. Yong Pooworavan said the variant, first reported in the United Kingdom, is more contagious and transmissible. He said the father, mother and two children travelled from Kent, southeastern England are undergoing compulsory quarantine at a private hospital in Thailand.

“The public need not worry about the B117 strain as the public health authorities are taking all necessary precautions to ensure it will not spread out.

“They (the family) are receiving treatment at a private hospital. They will be discharged from hospital when they are completely treated … There is no risk of transmission of the variant in Thailand,” he said in a posting on his Facebook page today. -Bernama

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