Thailand reports four imported cases as world Covid-19 figure tops 16 million


Protesters take part in a Hamtaro-themed “fun run” during an anti-government rally in front of Democracy Monument in Bangkok on July 26, 2020. - AFP

BANGKOK, July 27 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): There were only four new Covid-19 cases in state quarantine over a 24-hour period, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), announced on Monday (July 27).

It was the 63rd day without any domestic cases since May. Of the new four cases, three patients had returned from the United States.

They included an asymptomatic 44-year-old woman, a feverish 25-year-old male student and a 21-year-old female student who had lost her sense of smell.

Another case was a 30-year-old hotel employee who had returned from Taiwan and suffered from diarrhoea, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, the CCSA spokesman, said.

Meanwhile, two people have fully recovered and were discharged from hospital.As of July 27, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 3,295 (358 in state quarantine) -- 126 are under treatment, 3,111 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 58 deaths.

Globally, the total number of confirmed cases passed 16.4 million, up by 214,000 on Sunday, of whom 10 million have recovered while deaths stood at 652,000. Thailand’s rank was 106th among countries with most number of cases in the world.

The US had the highest number of cases (4.3 million), followed by Brazil (2.4 million) and India (1.4 million).

CCSA expressed concern about some countries in Asia, such as India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines, and Singapore where daily cases are increasing in hundreds and thousands.

Dr Taweesin urged all Thai people to remain on high alert during the four-day holidays when people tend to use public transportation for travel.

It was also pointed out that the United States tallied just shy of 1,000 coronavirus-related daily deaths on Saturday after a four-day streak of four-digit death tolls, the biggest such accounting of human loss from the virus since late May.

The country reported 59,737 new infections and 566 additional deaths as of Sunday evening, resulting in a seven-day average of infections that was slightly lower than Saturday's and an average of deaths that was a little bit higher.

The world surpassed 16 million confirmed cases over the weekend and reached at least 641,000 coronavirus-related deaths. The United States accounts for about one-fourth of the reported infections and one-fifth of the death toll.

Outside the United States, North Korea declared a "maximum" national emergency and locked down the city of Kaesong near the border with South Korea after what could be the north's first coronavirus case, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.

North Korea alleged that the patient illegally crossed the border from South Korea last week and said virus screening results are "uncertain." - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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