29 new COVID-19 infections in Thailand

A man wearing a protective face mask waits for a bus at a market in Songkran holiday which marks the Thai New Year during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bangkok, Thailand, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

The daily rate of new coronavirus infections in Thailand has fallen again to 29 today, bringing the number of accumulated cases in the country to 2,672, with 1,593 recoveries and 1,033 still in hospital.

Three new fatalities were reported today, bringing the death toll to 43.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said today marks the 14th since the imposition of the night-time curfew and, although the new infection rate is reducing steadily, it is still too early to ease the curfew, because there are lessons to be learned from other countries which rushed to ease restrictive measures, such as South Korea, Japan and China.

Asked if provinces without new infections can lift some restrictions, he said that the CCSA committee, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will discuss the matter in the week prior to the expiration of the state of emergency on April 3rd.

It was reported that the one-month old baby, who is Thailand’s youngest COVID-19 case and currently being treated at Bamrasnaradura Institute of Infectious Diseases, is now clear of the contagion. He is out of danger, but still needs medication.

Regarding the new three fatalities, he pointed out that two of them were in their 30s with illnesses such as diabetes, obesity or high blood pressure.

One of the three victims was a 35-year old diabetic female Thai office worker.  She was admitted to hospital with a cough, fatigue and a severe lung infection, caused by COVID-19.  She died yesterday.

The second was a 37-year old Thai man working as a backhoe driver.  Obese and with high blood pressure and with his wife working at a food shop in Sukhumvit area, he was admitted to hospital with a high fever and breathing difficulties on April 6th. He was put on a respirator but died yesterday.

The third was a 55-year old Malaysian guide who went to Georgia with a tour group, some of whom later tested positive for the virus.  He was admitted to hospital on March 29th, after his return to Thailand with a cough and fatigue. He was found to be infected with coronavirus and was pronounced dead on April 14th.

Of the 29 new infections reported today, 14 of them were found to be in close contact with infected people or to have visited high-risk enclosed areas. Two were Thais returning from abroad.

Nine provinces are still free of infections.  They are Nan, Kamphaeng Phet, Chainat, Trat, Bung Karn, Phichit, Ranong, Sing Buri and Ang Thong.

No new infections have been reported in the past 14 days in Nong Bua Lamphu, Chiang Rai, Phetchaburi, Maha Sarakham, Saraburi, Mae Hong Son, Ratchaburi, Uthai Thani, Phetchabun, Sing Buri, Lamphun, Sukhothai, Chanthaburi, Amnat Charoen, Kanchanaburi, Muk Dahan, Nakhon Nayok and Buri Ram.



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