Five new COVID-19 cases in quarantine reported in Thailand on Sunday

Commuters with facemasks to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus walk to a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on August 20, 2020.

Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all Thai returnees from abroad and in state quarantine.

According to the CCSA, the new cases include two women, aged 26 and 29, working as hotel employees, and one 53-year old man, who all arrived in Thailand from Oman on August 17th and entered state quarantine in Chon Buri province.  All asymptomatic cases, they tested positive for the virus on August 21st.

The fourth case is a 41 year old house maid, who returned to Thailand from India and entered state quarantine in Bangkok on August 8th.  She tested positive on August 21st.

The fifth is a 45 year old woman, who returned from England on August 10th and entered state quarantine in Chon Buri on the same day.  She also tested positive on August 21st.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,395, with 3,221 recoveries and 58 deaths.

Meanwhile, Chulalongkorn University’s virologist, Dr. Yong Poovorawan, appealed to recovered patients to donate their plasma, at the national blood centre of the Thai Red Cross Society, to be used in the treatment of patients suffering from lung infection caused by COVID-19.

Citing the American Journal of Pathology, dated August 10th, he said that treatment of patients with convalescent plasma significantly decreases mortality.

He said that the same treatment is also applied in Thailand and, so far, there are only 300 bags of plasma in stock.

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