A 73 year old Chinese tourist who had undergone tests having fallen ill with flu-like symptoms has been confirmed as having coronavirus, health officials have said.
The tourist travelled from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak to Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 19, 2020, before traveling to Hua Hin. The tourist reported a high fever on January 23 and was admitted to hospital.
The new case in Hua Hin brings the total coronavirus cases in Thailand to six.
Following the announcement, all hotels in Hua Hin have been instructed to check the passports of any Chinese tourists arriving at the hotel, with staff told to immediately inform health officials if any tourists appear sick or show flu-like symptoms.
Hua Hin district chief Thanon Panphipat, who made the announcement, said that monitoring arrivals at hotels was a precautionary measure needed to help prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus given that large numbers of Chinese tourists are expected in Hua Hin during the Chinese New Year festival.
Officials have also announced that passengers arriving at Hua Hin Airport will be screened.
The news comes as Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced he will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday with senior officials from the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Tourism and Sports to discuss how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Thailand.
More preventative measures will then be submitted for cabinet approval on Tuesday.