Seven more new coronavirus cases reported in Thailand
The Disease Control Department has reported seven new coronavirus cases today, bringing total confirmed cases in Thailand since January 3rd to 32, including 10 who have recovered and returned home.
The department’s director-general, Dr. Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, told a news conference today that, of the seven new cases, four are Chinese tourists, including three from the same family, and the fourth voluntarily went to a doctor on the advice of medical personnel at the airport.
The three other new cases are Thais, one was among the 138 evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan who is being treated in the Sattahip naval base hospital. The second works in tourism and the third had close contact with an infected patient.
Dr. Suwanchai said that, of the 22 who are in hospital, most of them are in good condition, while the severe cases are being treated at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute in Bangkok’s Nonthaburi suburb.
In addition to the confirmed cases, there have been 654 patients under observation since January 3rd, including 49 who were isolated after detection during the screening at airports. 605 cases went to their doctors when they felt ill.
Of these, 279 have been discharged and have returned home, leaving 375 who are still under observation in hospital, with 39 patients developing symptoms associated with coronavirus.
Dr. Praphas Pookduang, of Rayong provincial health office, said that all the trash at the Sattahip naval base lodgings for Wuhan returnees are incinerated in the same manner as all biohazard waste.
The garbage bins and trucks are be sprayed with disinfectant every time they are used to collect trash from the lodgings.
Globally, the death toll from coronavirus infections in 28 countries, from January 5th to February 8th, reached 719, including 654 in China alone. Total infections amount to 34,410, including 34,083 in China.