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Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand

THAILAND: The Public Health Ministry today (Feb 25) announced two new Thai COVID-19 cases: a woman, 31, whose relative visited Guangzhou and a male driver of Chinese tourists, 29, as the total number of local cases rose to 37.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 25 February 2020, 02:53PM

Officials hand out face masks to visitors at Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram in Bangkok today (Feb 25), as two new local COVID-19 cases were reported by the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Officials hand out face masks to visitors at Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram in Bangkok today (Feb 25), as two new local COVID-19 cases were reported by the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary for health, said the woman was a maid and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia of unknown cause. Later, doctors learned she had a relative who returned from China. She was now being treated at Rajavithi Hospital.

The male patient was admitted to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province. He had been in close contact with Chinese tourists and initially showed up with a fever and cough.

Health officials were checking if other people close to them were also infected.

We found more confirmed cases because the Public Health Ministry improved its surveillance on Feb 18, increasing the number of countries, visitors and provinces under close watch,” Dr Sukhum said.

This expanded surveillance now covered visitors from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan and people in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chon Buri, Krabi, Phuket, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Samut Prakan provinces.

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For good news, he said, another patient with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had fully recovered and was discharged in the southern province of Krabi.

The patient was a woman Chinese tourist, 32, who arrived in Thailand before the closure of Wuhan airport.

He said confirmed cases in Thailand now numbered 37, of whom 22 (60%) had fully recovered and were discharged, while the 15 others remained at hospitals. Twelve of the 37 were Thais.

Patients under investigation numbered 1,580. Of these 1,160 had seasonal influenza, recovered and were discharged and were being monitored. The other 420 patients remained at hospitals.

Globally, COVID-19 cases stood at 80,115, including 2,7004 deaths. Of these, 77,660 cases were in China, including 2,664 deaths, the Public Health Ministry reported.

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Marge Ohara | 26 February 2020 - 17:28:18

I stay away from Chinese tourists. I don’t leave my home without my Word war 1 style gas mask that’s connected to a gas bottle which is filled by clean, fresh air from the hills of Mount Druitt - A place you can trust. I’ve also stopped eating dim sims and kebabs because you just never know anymore... 

DeKaaskopp | 26 February 2020 - 11:33:13

@goldwing.  Lol ! That's so paranoid.Maybe time for you to buy a hazmat suit.It will protect you even more.

goldwing | 26 February 2020 - 07:14:22

How many more people have those Chinese  tourists infected? I am sure that was not the only taxi they took. So much for "screening" total waste of time. I avoid anywhere there may be Chinese tourists, if I got to a supermarket I wear a N95 face mask, I wear latex gloves and I have spectacles that have been converted as safety glasses. May be extreme, but better safe than sorry

Kurt | 25 February 2020 - 20:28:05

Two only??  The Virus is spreading rapidly globally. Surprisingly it just goes around Thailand ( according thai Officialdom) and not touching Phuket at all. A country that does actually nothing to contain the epidemic, just a bit temp monitoring. That Phuket  Governor forbid openness about virus update is a negative sign. Who trust phuket officials about coronavirus matters?


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