Thai government to watch out for Omicron subvariants after scrapping Thailand Pass

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Thai authorities will keep track of the Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, especially from European travelers after the Thailand Pass registration is canceled, the government said on Wednesday.

Following the removal of the Thailand Pass on July 1, public health officials were told to monitor the outbreak situation in Europe, after reports of Covid-19 case surges in European nations. 

“The authorities will plan ahead of time to handle incoming tourists,” said Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the government spokesman. 

Various European countries are seeing a substantial increase in new Covid-19 infections, with scientists saying the new Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are more infectious by 10 to 15 per cent.  

Thanakorn said that Thailand now has 23 people with subvariant BA.4 and 26 patients with BA.5, with 18 cases for BA.2.12.1. 

“These numbers should not be a concern for now, and the situation is under control,” he stressed. 

Thailand reported 2,387 new Covid-19 cases and 19 deaths on Wednesday. Of those cases, infections found from foreign visitors were only four.

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