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Thailand confirms 54 new coronavirus cases, 2 new deaths (Thursday)

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A spokesman for the Health Ministry and the Covid-19 Coronavirus Situation Response Center confirmed 54 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Thailand today, less than half of yesterday’s 111. The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 2,423.

Two additional deaths were reported as an 82 year old Thai man and a Frenchman aged 74. This brings the national death total to 32.

“The Frenchman had no chronic disease. He fell sick on March 27 with a fever, cough, exhaustion and abdominal pain and was treated at a hospital in Chon Buri province, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and later tested positive for The virus. Tuesday he had trouble breathing and died later the same day.”

“The Thai man became sick on March 25 with a fever of 38.5°C and was treated at a hospital in Samut Prakan, just outside Bangkok. On March 30 he became exhausted, needed a ventilator and lost consciousness. He died yesterday.”

The 2,423 confirmed cases comprise…

• 1,242 in Bangkok

• 161 in Phuket

• 142 in Nonthaburi

• 103 in Samut Prakan

• 73 in Chon Buri

• 70 in Yala

• 66 in Pattani

• 7 in Songkhla

• 45 in Chiang Mai

• 30 in Pathum Thani

80 medical personnel have now been infected, or 3.4% of all cases nationwide. 50 of them contracted the disease at hospitals, 18 in communities and 12 are under investigation. They include 36 nurses and assistant nurses, and 16 doctors.

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | Bangkok Post

 

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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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