Health officials confirm two more virus patients have returned home

People wait in a line to buy face masks at a retail store in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 25, 2020. – South Korea reported 60 more COVID-19 coronavirus cases on February 25, the smallest increase for four days in the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s morning updates. The country now has 893 cases. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Two more coronavirus patients have fully recovered and returned home, bringing the number of those who have recovered to 33. Furthermore, 2,629 out of 4,366 cases under investigation have been cleared and have also returned home.

Dr. Thanarak Pleepat, deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department, told a news conference today that COVID-19 infections to date in Thailand remain at 50.

He repeated that all the Thais returning from four countries designated as Dangerous Infection Disease zones, namely China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, are required to file daily reports on their condition throughout the 14-day quarantine period.


He also pleaded with members of the public not to stigmatize the patients or their relatives, in light of increasing online antagonism, citing the recent statement by Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong who said that fear and panic are more dangerous than the virus itself.

Dr. Thanarak disclosed that the screening process for Thai workers, still in South Korea, has started with all of them being told to confine themselves at their lodgings while awaiting clearance documents, saying that they will be screened twice before boarding flights for home and again upon arrival in Thailand.


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