Thailand battling major flood problem as four Myanmar nationals test Covid-19 positive from seven cases

  • Thailand
  • Sunday, 18 Oct 2020

BANGKOK, Oct 18 (The Nation Thailand/ANN): More than 25,000 households in 25 provinces are affected by flash floods, landslides and windstorms, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

The damage is spread over 86 districts, 241 subdistricts and 849 villages.

One person died in Chanthaburi province and three were injured in Singburi.Eleven provinces -- Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Sa Kaeo, Surat Thani, Trang, Satun, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Kanchanaburi and Uthai Than -- continue to reel under floods.

The overall flood levels are going down, the department said, adding it has joined with provincial military units and related agencies to urgently help the victims.

Efforts are being made to accelerate the drainage of water from the flooded areas.

The department said the areas were being surveyed for damage, covering all aspects so as to provide assistance according to the regulations of the Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, there were also were seven new Covid-19 cases over a 24-hour period, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported on Sunday (Oct 18).

All new cases are asymptomatic. A 47-year-old Thai woman, who returned from Sweden on Oct 11, tested positive at a Bangkok state quarantine facility, a 39-year-old businesswoman returned from the United Kingdom on Oct 12 and tested positive in a Samut Prakan state quarantine hotel, and a 54-year-old Belgian technician arrived in Thailand on Oct 12 and was found positive in a Samut Prakan alternative quarantine hotel.

A 33-year-old Burmese driver was deported to Myanmar after he tested positive at the Mae Sot border checkpoint on October 16.

Three Burmese family members residing in Mae Sot district, Tak province -- a one-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl and a 23-year-old man -- considered as having close contact with the previously reported case of a Myanmar couple, were sent to Mae Sot Hospital on Oct 16.

A Mae Sot provincial official announced a provincial lockdown on Saturday in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 with schools closing for seven days and religious ceremonies suspended.

Meanwhile, three patients have recovered and been discharged.

The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand increased to 3,686 (739 in state quarantine), 146 are in hospital and 3,481 have recovered and been discharged, while the death toll is 59.

According to Worldometer, as of 10 am on Sunday, the total number of confirmed cases has increased to 39.94 million (up by 372,120), 29.88 million have recovered, 8.95 million are active cases (71,955 in serious condition) and 1.1 million have died (up by 5.562). - The Nation Thailand/Asian News Network

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