According to The Star, following an increase in the number of new infections connected to the development of the Omicron strain, Thailand upped its Covid-19 alert level to the second highest rung on Monday.
To contain the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Public Health upped the Covid-19 alert level from 3 to 4, a category that includes prohibitions prohibiting dining or drinking in restaurants and avoiding public gatherings.
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To contain the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Public Health upped the Covid-19 alert level from 3 to 4. (Photo / Retrieved from Pixabay)
Department of Disease Control of Thailand stated that the number of cases infected with the Omicron subtype variant BA.2 increased by 50%. The BA.2 virus is about 1.4 times more transmissible than the BA.1 virus. Both viruses are currently spreading rapidly in Thailand. The latest research from a Japanese laboratory has found that BA.2 is not only more transmissible than other variant such as Delta, but also more likely to cause severe illness than others.
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Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron form, which already accounts for more than 90% of active cases, the ministry predicted that the number of new infections would continue to rise in the coming one or two weeks.