6 June 2024

Thailand today recorded three new COVID-19 cases, but no fatalities.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing today (Tuesday) that all three new cases are Thais who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.

The first is a 51-year old woman, working as a masseuse in Russia, who arrived in Thailand on May 12th and immediately entered state quarantine in the eastern province of Chon Buri.  An asymptomatic case, she tested positive for the virus on May 25th in an Active Case Finding test.

The two others are Thai workers, arriving from Kuwait on May 24th, who entered state quarantine in Samut Prakan province.  Both had coughs and tests show both were infected.

Dr. Taweesin said that the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is still improving, detailing the rate of new infections during the past four weeks as follows:

  • No new infections have been reported in 65 provinces
  • One single case in 10 provinces
  • Five or fewer cases in 1 province

As Thailand approaches the third stage of lockdown relaxations, he expects that several commercial activities, deemed as high risk, will be allowed to resume.

He said that Eric Topol, a well-known American cardiologist, founder and director of the Scripps Research Institute and author of three bestsellers, has ranked Thailand among the top five countries to have successfully contained the spread of the virus, a list which also includes New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland and Vietnam.

Worldwide, cumulative infections in 211 countries total 5,588,356 with 347,873 fatalities and 2,365,125 recoveries.  The US ranks top with 1,706,226 confirmed cases and 99,805 fatalities, followed by Brazil, with 376,669 cases and 23,522 fatalities and third, Russia, with 353,427 cases and 3,633 deaths.

Thailand ranks 77th worldwide in terms of infections and fatalities.  In Asia, India ranks first, with 144,950 cases and 4,172 deaths.

According to the CCSA, 26,095 people returning from abroad have been quarantined, but 16,600 have already returned home, leaving 9,495 still in state quarantine. Cumulative infections among those in quarantine are 108, with 81 of them having recovered and 27 still in hospital.

Returnees from Malaysia account for the largest number of people in state quarantine at 12,774.