Recent media reports in the United Kingdom have noted the emergence of a “Thai variant” of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Those reports were based on a May 27 report by Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency sponsored by the U.K. Department of Health and Social Care.
The PHE report notes that C.36.3 — the SARS-CoV-2 mutation at issue — was designated a Variant Under Investigation on May 24 “on the basis of the mutation profile and increased importation from a widening international area.”
About 109 cases had been detected in the U.K. at the time of the report’s publication.
However, the variant didn’t originate in Thailand, as some news reports suggested. That’s why the Thai prime minister’s P.R. office took to Twitter.
“The Director-General of the Department of Medical Sciences clarified that there has been some misleading information in the media on the Thai #COVID19 variant found in the UK,” it tweeted.