Three new COVID-19 infections in state quarantine recorded in Thailand today

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. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thailand recorded three new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all of whom are Thai’s who have returned from abroad and are in state quarantine.

According to the CCSA, two new of the new cases are students, aged 24, arriving from Saudi Arabia on July 25th, on the same flight as 12 other passengers who earlier tested positive for COVID-19.  They underwent tests on August 7th and were found to be infected, although they are showing no symptoms.

The third case is a 32-year old man, working for a construction firm in Indonesia. He returned to Thailand and entered state quarantine on August 3rd in Samut Prakan province and tested positive three days later.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,348, with 3,148 recoveries and 58 deaths. 140 others are still being treated in hospital.

Meanwhile, Dr. Thares Kratnairaveewong, Director-General of the Health Service Support Department, gave an assurance today that all the hotels, being used as alternative state quarantine locations, are up to the standards set the Public Health Ministry, in terms of safety of the living space, separate air conditioning systems, monitoring systems, to keep track of the movements of those in quarantine, and a separate food service.  

He said that the hotel areas housing those in quarantine are separated from other hotel guests.

Regarding some 100 US troops arriving in Thailand for a joint exercise, he said that they are being kept in three hotels and are closely monitored by Thai military and medical personnel, to make sure that they do not venture out during the 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

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