One new COVID-19 case is recorded in Thailand

Commuters walk in and out of a train station at rush hour in Bangkok on May 25, 2020, as Thais continued their return to work following the lifting of restrictions to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Thailand recorded one new COVID-19 case today (Friday), compared to yesterday’s 17, and no new fatalities.

 

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that there has not been a single locally-transmitted case for 11 days in a row, as all the new infections are linked to Thais returning from abroad, including the latest asymptomatic case today, who is a Thai arriving from Kuwait and entering state quarantine.

Though his first test on June 3rd was negative, a second test was positive, although there were no symptoms.  He is now being treated at a hospital in Bangkok.  Altogether 31 returnees from Kuwait were infected.

 

Although there has not been a single case of local, or community infection for the past 11 days in the country, Dr. Taweesin said travel restrictions, especially on in-bound travellers, are still needed.

In an attempt to allay fears that people in state quarantine may spread the virus to others when they are released, he said he was quite confident with the screening measures at the facilities and that all those who are discharged are not infected.

 

Cumulative cases in Thailand, to date, are 3,102, with 2,971 recoveries.  The nation’s death toll stands at 58 and 73 patients are still in hospital.

Worldwide, 129,860 new cases were recorded in a single day yesterday, bringing the cumulative total to 6,698,370, with the United States still leading the infection rankings with 1,924,051, followed by Brazil and Russia.

Thailand is now ranked 80th.

 

Meanwhile, the Foundation for Consumers disclosed today that 67% of hand sanitizing alcohol available in the market is below standard.

The foundation’s secretary-general, Ms. Saree Onsomwang, said the foundation tested 39 samples of alcohol cleansing products between March 10th and April 17th and found out that 26 of the samples had less than 70% alcohol content and some were found to contain methanol.

 

13 samples met the requirement of 70% alcohol content.

The foundation has urged the Food and Drug Administration to check and control the quality of all brands of sanitizer gel and alcohol, to ensure they are up to standard.

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