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Briton Visiting Chiang Rai Tests Positive for Omicron Variant

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The governor of Chiang Rai province announced yesterday the first possible case of the Omicron variant in the province. Governor Pasakorn Boonyalak told a press briefing that the Omicron patient was a 36-year-old Briton.Governor Boonyalak told reporters that the Briton arriving at Suvarnabhumi international airport under the test and go program. He passed his RT-PCR test on December 13th.

After spending two nights in a designated quarantine Bangkok hotel, he flew to Chiang Mai to meet his three American friends. On December 15th, the four then hired a passenger van to take them to Chiang Rai.

While en route to their Chiang Rai hotel they stopped at a service station in Wiang Papao district and at the White Temple. After checking into their hotel they had dinner at a nearby restaurant.

The Briton later developed a sore throat and he bought an antigen test kit which showed a positive result. The next morning, he was taken to a hospital for a second test, which confirmed the infection.

Briton transferred to Chiang Rai’s Kasemrad Sriburin Hospital

He was admitted to Chiang Rai’s Somdej Phra Yupparat Hospital. The next day, he developed a high fever and was transferred to another hospital.

Governor Boonyalak said that a sample swab taken from the patient was sent to the Medical Sciences Department for further testing to confirm if it is of the Omicron variant.

Three of his American friends also sought permission to be quarantined at the US embassy in Bangkok, he said.

Four Thais have been quarantined, including three hotel employees and one pharmacy employee. Testing results have shown that they are not infected.

According to the director of Chiang Rai’s Kasemrad Sriburin Hospital, the British patient’s condition has improved and his fever has subsided. The patient appears to be in good spirits after five days of treatment.

He also said he is not worried about treating Omicron variant patients based on the previous experience he has with COVID-19 variants.

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