Three foreigners succumb to Covid-19 in Thailand, 111 new cases


  • Thailand
  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020

A medical staff member takes the temperature of a baby before allowing entry into the Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat on April 8, 2020. - AFP

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,258, with 111 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period while three foreigners died, Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Wednesday (April 8).

The cases can be divided into four groups:The first group of 37 had had close contact with others previously confirmed as infected (mostly in Bangkok 18, Nonthaburi 7, Yala 8).

The second group comprised 11 people of whom two Thais had just returned from overseas, four were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, three had gone to crowded areas, and two are medical staff.

The third group of 21 are being investigated on the source of the infection (18 in Phuket).

The last group of 42 had returned from Indonesia and are now under state quarantine.

Meanwhile, 64 people have fully recovered and returned home.

The three foreigners who died included a 48-year-old Russian man who had travelled from Phuket to Chonburi. He had visited a hospital on March 25 and later returned home for self-quarantine.

A 69-year-old Indian businessman, who also had diabetes and heart disease, died after being admitted to a hospital on March 17. A 69-year-old American man in Buriram province, who died, also suffered from chronic kidney disease.

As of April 8, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2369 -- 1,451 are under treatment of whom 23 are in a critical condition -- 888 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 30 deaths.

Globally, there are more than 1.4 million confirmed cases and over 80,000 deaths. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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