As the British government considers putting Thailand on the country’s ‘red travel list’ due to the spread of the Indian variant of Covid-19 in the country, Thai authorities announced a total of 235 people in 10 Thai provinces have tested positive for the Indian variant — also known as the B.1.617.2 or Delta variant — so far.
According to the Thai Department of Medical Sciences, most of these cases have been connected to a Bangkok construction camp.
The 235 cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 came from testing 3,964 Covid-19 patients. Most of the other tests were positive for the B.1.1.7 variant, which was first detected in the UK in late 2020.
The 235 cases include those of a woman and her young son returning from Pakistan. They tested positive for the Delta variant a month ago .
Five days later, 15 construction workers also tested positive for the Indian variant.
The Indian variant of Covid-19 has already spread to over 60 countries, with some scientists believing it may be the most dangerous strain of Covid-19 yet.
Primarily due its possible increased infectivity rate, and for potentially being more resistant to current vaccines.