Thai Public Health Ministry confirms two more cases of Covid-19 novel Coronavirus

Bangkok

The Thai Public Health Ministry on Tuesday announced two new Thai Covid-19 cases: a woman, 31, who had relatives who visited Guangzhou in China and a male driver of Chinese tourists, 29, as the total number of cases in Thailand rose to 37.

Sukhum Kanchanapimai, permanent secretary for health, said the woman was a maid and was initially diagnosed with pneumonia of unknown cause. Later, doctors learned she had a relative who returned from China. She was now being treated at Rajavithi Hospital.

The male patient was admitted to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi province. He had been in close contact with Chinese tourists due to being a driver for package tours and initially showed up with a fever and cough.

Doctors and officials have also quarantined and are investigating the relatives and close contacts of both of the confirmed cases. Both individuals had been in the hospital for some time.

Thailand now has had a total of 37 confirmed cases. 22 of those cases have fully recovered, including a Chinese woman discharged earlier today who arrived from Wuhan before the travel ban was enacted on late January. The remaining cases are still in hospitals and in the recovery process. Thailand has had no deaths from the virus.

The Pattaya News notes that there have been zero confirmed cases in the Pattaya area.

Sukhum stressed at a press conference that Thailand had the situation fully under control and had expanded its testing for the virus. He stressed there was no threat to public health and that people should remain calm.

The Thai government has also stressed not to listen to fake news or rumors and speculation and that they were being fully transparent.

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