11 July 2024

Thailand has recorded five new COVID-19 cases today (Wednesday), including one Thai soldier returning from South Sudan and another Thai arriving from Kuwait, who had been infected by the virus before, according to the CCSA.

The 34-year old Thai soldier arrived from South Sudan on September 22nd and entered state quarantine in Chon Buri province on the same day. He was given the first test on September 25th, but the result was unclear and another test was conducted four days later, with a positive result.  An asymptomatic case, he was sent to Phra Mongkutklao Military Hospital in Bangkok for treatment.

A Thai man, who worked in a gas refinery in Kuwait, tested positive in Kuwait in June or July and was isolated for 14 days in a facility arranged by his employer.  He was cleared of any infection prior to arrival in Thailand on September 22nd and entered state quarantine in Bangkok.  Four days later, he tested positive again and was admitted to Nopparat Ratchathani Hospital in Bangkok for treatment.

The other three new infections are two Thais and one Indian. The 31-year old Indian office worker arrived on September 23rd from India and entered hotel quarantine in Chon Buri.  He tested positive five days later and was admitted to a hospital in Chon Buri.

The other two Thai returnees from India, aged 26 and 64, arrived on September 25th and tested positive three days later. Asymptomatic cases, they were admitted to a hospital in Samut Prakan.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,564. The death toll remains 59 and 131 others are still being treated in hospital.

Meanwhile, the first group of 214 Thai workers left Thailand for Israel today, to work as labourers on farms.

Thiwalrat Angkinan, an advisor to the Labour Minister, and Thienrat Nawamawat, the Labour Permanent Secretary, went to Suvarnabhumi International Airport this morning to see the workers off on a chartered flight.

Thiwalrat said that the Israeli government had eased the lockdown restrictions and allowed Thai workers to enter, because it is confident in the capability of Thai health services to contain COVID-19.

The workers’ group is made up of 83 people, who were stranded in Thailand due to the lockdown in Israel, and new recruits, whose employment was arranged by the Thai Labour Ministry on a government-to-government basis.