First Omicron death reported

First Omicron death reported

People receive Covid-19 vaccination at the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng district, Bangkok, on Friday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
People receive Covid-19 vaccination at the Thai-Japanese youth centre in Din Daeng district, Bangkok, on Friday. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Thailand on Sunday reported its first death from the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant.

Songkhla's public health office said an 86-year-old woman who was bedridden and suffering from Alzheimer's disease was pronounced dead last Wednesday at Hat Yai Hospital.

Samples sent for examination confirmed she had been suffering from the Omicron strain.

She had contracted the virus from her nephew who had returned from Phuket, the health office told the media.

The Department of Disease Control (DDC) said the woman had received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine but was still considered at-risk due to her underlying health problems.

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Vocabulary

  • Alzheimer's disease (noun): a serious disease, especially affecting older people, that prevents the brain from functioning normally and causes loss of memory, loss of ability to speak clearly, etc. - โรคอัลซไฮเมอร์, โรคสมองเสื่อม
  • bedridden: having to stay in bed all the time; cannot leave your bed -
  • nephew: a son of your brother or sister, or a son of your husband’s or wife’s brother or sister - หลานชาย
  • pronounced dead: officially confirmed to have died -
  • sample: a small amount of a substance that is used for scientific or medical tests - ตัวอย่างทดลอง
  • strain: a particular type of virus, animal, insect, or plant  - สายพันธุ์
  • suffer (from): to be badly affected by a disease, pain, sadness, a lack of something, etc - เป็นโรค, ประสบความทุกข์
  • underlying (adj): important in a situation but not always easily noticed or stated clearly; existing under the surface of something else - ที่สำคัญและซ่อนอยู่, ที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งต่ำกว่า
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