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Huge jump as Thailand confirms 32 new coronavirus cases

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Thailand today confirmed 32 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The announcement was made at an afternoon press conference with the Department of Disease Control, and confirmed by The Ministry of Public Health. The list of new infections is varied, and includes nine from a boxing gym, three more who had contact with a cluster that had a party with a visiting Hong Kong citizen (later confirmed), and five who officials say caught it from a nightclub frequented by others confirmed to be infected. The names and locations of most of the establishments were not given.

The list also includes three more staff members at Suvarnabhumi airport and five Thai Nationals recently returned from overseas. One Thai officer recently returned from overseas was also confirmed. Two foreigners were confirmed although details were not given.

Two staff members at a Bangkok restaurant were also confirmed. It’s believed they caught the virus from the owner, who had previously posted on Facebook and been very transparent about the situation.

Authorities stressed Thailand still in Stage 2 of the outbreak, with limited local transmission, and are tracing contacts for all the new cases. Only the Prime Minister has the authority to declare Stage 3, not the Ministry of Public Health.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is set to suggest further restrictions tomorrow to the PM to control the situation, including possibly closing the massive nightlife industry, restricting travel both international and domestic and measures to cancel private events and functions. All of these measures are only suggestions at this time.

Today’s conference also stated that a 51 people are awaiting test results in hospitals. Officials suggested that events of more than 100 people be cancelled, including weddings.

This is a breaking story and The Thaiger will keep you updated with the latest developments.

SOUORCES: The Pattaya News | Khaosod English

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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