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Thailand detects first domestic cases of UK coronavirus variant, says expert

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Thailand has detected 24 cases of the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 first detected in Britain, a virologist said today, its first reported domestic transmission of the highly contagious variant.

“This variant is very viral and can spread 1.7 times faster than the usual strain,” Yong Poovorawan, a senior virologist from Chulalongkorn University told a health ministry briefing. — Reuters