Covid-19: Thailand records highest single-day rise, total now 114



CORONAVIRUS | Thailand recorded 32 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest single-day rise since the outbreak in January, bringing the total number to 114 in the kingdom.

Public Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Sukhum Kanchanapimai said nine of the new patients had visited Bangkok’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium and Rajadamnern Muaythai Stadium while eight had visited entertainment venues.

He said seven patients, comprising five Thais and two tourists, had travelled from abroad, three were in contact with tourists at the Suvarnabhumi Airport and two were employees at a restaurant in Bangkok where its Singaporean owner had previously tested positive for Covid-19.

“Three patients under investigation (PUI) are also diagnosed with Covid-19. We are investigating the source of their infections,” he said at a Covid-19 daily briefing today.

Thailand, the first country outside China to report Covid-19 infection, has one fatality. There are 76 patients still receiving treatment in hospitals while 37 have been discharged.

Meanwhile, Sukhum said the Public Health Ministry will propose three measures to help stem the virus outbreak in the kingdom at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha tomorrow.

The measures are to reduce the number visitors to Thailand, close entertainment outlets and ban gatherings in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Sukhum said 83 people who returned from Italy today will undergo a 14-day quarantine at the Sattahip Naval Base in Chonburi province.

“Six of them had symptoms related to Covid-19 and were sent to the hospital for examination,” he said.

Meanwhile, in southern Thailand, the governor of Pattani, Kraisorn Visitwong, has directed the authorities to step up monitoring efforts to ensure those who attended the tabligh assembly at the Sri Petaling Mosque, Kuala Lumpur undergo health screenings at the nearest hospital.

The Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur confirmed that 132 Thais had attended the assembly, with 30 each from the districts of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat while the remaining 42 were from other districts of Thailand.

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- Bernama