Chiang Mai identifies 2 possible cases of Omicron among tourists

Two foreigners visiting Chiang Mai have tested positive for Covid-19 and are believed to have the Omicron variant, marking the first detection in the province. The two travelers had passed through Suvarnabhumi Airport as part of the Test & Go program and both had passed an RT-PCR test. One of the visitors was a 22-year-old German traveler and the other a 64-year-old Briton, according to the governor of Chiang Mai. Full confirmation of the existence or not of the Omicron variant should come back from the laboratory in 2 days.


The 22-year-old German landed in Bangkok on December 17 and 3 days later jumped aboard a Thai lion to Chiang Mai on December 20. He stayed in the Chang Klan area in a condo and took a jungle excursion the next day. He felt extraordinarily tired afterwards and a test the next day confirmed he had Covid-19.

The Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control 1 reported that its test had been sent to Chiang Mai Medical Sciences Center, which returned results indicating it was a potential match for the Omicron variant.

Health authorities have identified 18 people as being in close enough contact with humans to be at risk for Covid-19. 13 were passengers on the plane seated near him and 4 have tested negative so far, along with a taxi driver.


The Englishman is a 64-year-old man who landed in Bangkok on December 18 before taking a Thai Smile flight to Chiang Mai the next day. On Christmas Eve he did an antigen test which resulted in a positive diagnosis, so he had an RT-PCR test at Doi Saket Hospital and the second test also came back positive.

He was admitted to the hospital and contact tracing was carried out. Authorities have tested 3 of the man’s friends and 2 have already come back negative; the third is still pending. Now they are hunting down passengers who sat near the man on his flight and a taxi driver he drove with.

As with the German, tests suggest the possibility of the Omicron variant, but test samples have been sent from Chiang Mai to be analyzed for the two men in Bangkok at the Department of Medical Services, with results due on Tuesday.

Authorities have warned that anyone exposed to any of the 2 men must take an RT-PCR test and stay home for 2 weeks, canceling all other activities.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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