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Concern over gatherings as infections jump again

Concern over gatherings as infections jump again

THAILAND: COVID-19 cases jumped by a further 33 yesterday (Mar 16), bringing the total number of domestic infections to 147.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 17 March 2020, 10:49AM


Traffic is unusually light at Ratchaprasong intersection, one of the busiest in downtown Bangkok, as more offices adopt a work-from-home policy amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Bangkok Post

Traffic is unusually light at Ratchaprasong intersection, one of the busiest in downtown Bangkok, as more offices adopt a work-from-home policy amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Photo: Bangkok Post

Some new patients had attended mass gatherings despite government warnings not to do so, according to a statement by the Ministry of Public Health.

Seven of the 33 had watched Muay Thai bouts on Saturday (Mar 6) at Lumpini Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, three were pub-goers, six had interacted with confirmed patients, six were returnees from abroad, six had worked with foreign tourists, three were Danish nationals and two were Muslims from southern provinces who attended a mosque event in Malaysia early this month.

Ministry spokesman Rungruang Kitpati admitted that the emergence of cluster infections was of significant concern.

“What we are trying to do now is to keep a balance between our limited medical resources and the number of patients that keeps on rising,” he said at a press conference yesterday in which the government maintained COVID-19 in Thailand remains at Stage 2.

“In that sense, we don’t want to see a surge in the number of patients over a short period of time because that might mean we lose the battle,” he added.

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The ministry has prepared more than 30,000 medical staff and 100,000 beds to deal with the outbreak, he said.

With 147 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 108 remain in hospital with 38 recovered and one death.

In addition to the confirmed cases, a further 27 people await COVID-19 test results, while six of 83 returnees from Italy are under close watch.

However, no fevers have been reported among the Thais back from Italy and are now under 14-day quarantine at the navy base in Chonburi’s Sattahip district.

Between Jan 3 and March 15, there have been 6,545 patients placed under monitoring, of whom 2,233 are still in hospital having mostly been diagnosed with influenza.

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Kurt | 17 March 2020 - 12:27:32

Global Recession is around the corner. It will come. 
 Is Thailand Government now already anticipating that and take measures to handle that? Thailand will not be exempted. Global Recession means a missing of many tourists for quite some time. Holiday is a luxury, one does that with money he doesn't need to live on at home. People now long time need it for just living at home.

Kurt | 17 March 2020 - 11:52:51

Yes, yes, 1 week ago 3 patients, than, 6, 11, etc, etc daily up, now 147 confirmed, perhaps already more than 200 at this moment of writing. And how to believe that figure of 2333 hospitalised with just 'normal influenza'? No fevers among thai returning from Italy? I not believe that. The battle is already lost with the weak thai entry policy, desperate in favour of money.

 

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