19 May 2024

Thailand recorded 25 new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), the biggest single day jump in several months. The infections are among arrivals from abroad in state quarantine, including seven Thai returnees from Myanmar’s Thachilek Township.

The new cases include two Kuwaitis, aged 31 and 71 from Kuwait, five Thais and one Swiss national arriving from Switzerland, seven Thai returnees from Thachilek in local quarantine, a Russian diving instructor from Russia in alternative state quarantine in Bangkok, a Thai woman returning from Sweden, a Thai man returning from Singapore, two Spaniards, aged 4 and 32, arriving from Turkey, two Thais returning from the US, two Koreans, aged 8 and 44, and a Japanese tourist arriving from South Korea.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Wissanuyothin said today that total infections, linked to Thachilek, have increased to 46, scattered over seven provinces.

He assured, however, that it is safe in Chiang Rai province and people can still travel there, because the virus does not remain in the air for a long time, but he urged all visitors to wear face masks whenever they are outdoors, wash their hands frequently and scan the Thai Chana app every time they enter a public venue.

Meanwhile, all flights from Chiang Mai have been told to cease in-flight meal services.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 4,151, with 3,880 recoveries, including six new cases.  211 others are still being treated in hospitals.

Global infections, at 10am today, are 68,561,810, with 47,458,243 recoveries.  Total fatalities are 1,562,895.

The world’s top five most infected countries are:

  1. US 15,591,709
  2. India   9,735,975
  3. Brazil                  6,675,915
  4. Russia   2,515,009
  5. France   2,309,621

Thailand is ranked 151st.