Two new COVID-19 cases recorded among soldiers returning from Hawaii

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Thailand recorded two new COVID-19 cases today (Tuesday) among Thai troops who returned from a training course in Hawaii last week.

CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin said that the new infections are among 151 Thai troops who arrived in Thailand on July 22nd, adding that ten of them were classified as PUIs (patients under investigation) upon their arrival, including six who were symptomatic.

The two new cases, aged 22 and 25, tested positive on July 26th, while in quarantine at Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya, and were sent to a hospital in Bangkok for treatment.

All the troops in quarantine will be subjected to another swab test on August 3rd, at the end of their 14-days in state quarantine, said Dr. Taweesin.

Cumulative infections in Thailand, to date, are 3,297, with 3,111 recoveries and 58 deaths. 128 others are still in hospital. There has not been a case of locally acquired infection reported in Thailand for 64 consecutive days.

Meanwhile, Interior Permanent Secretary Chatchai Promlert has instructed all provincial governors to develop measures to deal with concerts and to ensure that concert organizers comply with those measures or face legal action.

The instruction was intended to prevent a repeat of what occurred at concerts by popular songstress Jennie, held in the southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi on July 24th and 25th. It was reported that social distancing was not observed and many concert goers did not wear face masks.

Mr. Siripong Sripayang, the chief officer of Cha-uad district and organizer of the concert in Nakhon Si Thammarat, however, claimed that officials had screened the body temperatures of all concert goers, made hand sanitizing gel available and required everyone to wear face masks.

He claimed that the allegation that most concert goers did not wear face masks was misleading.


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