11 July 2024

Thailand reported 32 new COVID-19 cases today. This is the biggest jump so far in a single day, raising the number of infections in the country to 114.

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai said today that, of the 32 new cases, nine were infected at a boxing stadium, three are believed to have contracted the disease from a tourist at a food shop in Suvarnabhumi International Airport and seven are returnees from abroad, including two foreigners.

One Thai official, who returned from an inspection trip to Spain, was found to be infected and three other Thais are now under investigation.

Dr. Sukhum said that there are 51 others who had been in close contact with the 32 new cases and who are awaiting test results to determine whether they are also infected.

The Permanent Secretary said that he has repeatedly warned Thai people to delay their trips abroad, but his warning has not been heeded and not all of those who have returned from foreign trips have quarantined themselves, but have instead gone out and met other people, causing the contagion to spread.

He also warned against visiting enclosed areas, such as pubs and bars, boxing stadia and restaurants.

Department of Disease Control director-general Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai explained the 32 new coronavirus patients caught the infection from those returning from abroad and people who are in close contact with foreign tourists.