Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesperson of the Covid-19 Center for Situation Administration in Bangkok, announced a total of 53 new cases of the Covid-19 Coronavirus this morning, the highest total in several weeks. However, the majority, 42, were illegal migrants detained at a detention center on the border of Malaysia and were considered imported cases which had never been in the general population.
There was one additional death, a 48 year old Thai Man who was a close contact of a previous case who caught the virus at a Bangkok entertainment venue in March.
This brings the total number of deaths in Thailand from the Covid-19 Coronavirus to 51.
The illegal migrants who were being detained at an Immigration Detention Center in Songkhla were Myanmar (34), Vietnam (3), Malaysia (2), Yemen (1), Cambodia (1) and India (1). The infections were discovered during active case finding after an Immigration Officer tested positive several days prior. The nearby border checkpoint and center has been closed. Dr. Taweesin said there is no threat to the general public and all high risk cases associated with the migrants have been quarantined.
Thailand has a total of 2,907 total cases, with 2,547 having recovered fully from the virus. Only 309 people remain in hospitals around the country.
Dr. Taweesin cautioned that numbers may appear to rise over the next several days due to hundreds of Thai Nationals being repatriated and flown back to the country. Everyone who comes back is tested both before and after flying and immediately taken to a state mandated quarantine center with no interaction with the general public. In terms of imported cases, only 11 were found yesterday with seven of them being in Yala, also located in the Deep South through active case finding.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday of next week, the Thai Prime Minister, CCSA and the Thai Cabinet is set to discuss and likely make a decision on extending the Emergency Decree that currently helps set many restrictions and measures designed to control the spread of Covid-19 in Thailand. There has been rising public and private demand for loosening of the measures and re-opening of businesses that have put an estimated ten million out of work in the country and possibly as high as fourteen million. The Prime Minister has said the health of the Nation comes first and he will not rush into any decisions.
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