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33 new cases: Thailand’s biggest single day jump

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Thirty-three new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Thailand today, the nation’s biggest single day increase, bringing the total number of infections to 147 since the virus struck in January. Of the total, 36 have recovered, 108 remain in hospital and one death has been reported from complications arising from the disease. Seventeen of the new cases are people who came from abroad and those closely related to them, while the rest are associated with other confirmed cases.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm told a news conference today that the government will soon announce the closure of all universities, schools, boxing and sports stadiums, pubs, cinemas and other venues with capacities of more than 50 people.

Businesses such as restaurants and stores will be required to take precautionary steps, such as thermal scanners and sanitizers.

In the event that the outbreak is elevated to Stage 3, Dr. Wissanu said the government has instructed all hospitals, whether state, private, local, military or police, to arrange for more beds. Retired doctors, medical personnel and volunteers will be mobilised if necessary.

All ministries and departments are instructed to arrange staggered working hours and breaks, and the government will consult the stock exchange regarding postponement of shareholder meetings scheduled to take place in April, and permitting of teleconferences.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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