Thailand Coronavirus Updates: 4 New Covid-19 Patients, Cases Expected To Rise With Thai Prostitutes and Illegal Workers Returning From South Korea. 47 Infected, 1 Dead, 31 Recovered.
4 new Covid-19
patients in Thailand
have been announced by Thailand Public Health Ministry on Thursday, bringing the total number of coronavirus
cases in the country to 47. So far 31 have ‘recovered’ and one died while 15 remain hospitalized. The Public Health Ministry also said that about 3,890 patients are under investigation, of which 1,570 are hospitalized.
The four new coronavirus cases were all males aged between the ages of 20 -42 years of age and had been arrivals from Iran and Italy.
One significant case was an Italian, aged 29, who arrived from Italy on Sunday. He passed thermal screening at the airport, but the following day he sought treatment for fever and cough at a private hospital and was confirmed with the disease. He was then referred to Chon Buri Hospital. His case also shows that thermal scanning was not an effective deterrence.
The second case was a Thai male, aged 42 who arrived on the airport Monday and later sought treatment at a private hospital in Chon Buri for a fever, cough and sore throat.
A Chinese student, aged 22 arriving from Iran at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan province was the third patient. He was intending to take a connecting flight. He had a fever, runny nose and a cough and was taken to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province.
The last patient was a Thai student, 20, who returned from Iran on Feb 27. He went to a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Monday with a fever and runny nose.
It was also announced by Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, that healthy Thais returning from all high risk countries would also now be quarantined at specific and guarded facilities while previous returnees are being monitored.
The Defense Ministry said that five military compounds were prepared to quarantine Thai workers who would return from South Korea.
Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit declined to elaborate on their locations, citing security reasons.
Meanwhile many local Thais and also foreigners residing in Thailand are anxious and worried as local media reports are saying that almost 140,000 illegal Thai workers and prostitutes would be returning back to Thailand and most might be infected as a lot of them are based at Daegu province In South Korea, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. There is a high proportion of Thai females working as prostitutes in South Korea.
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