BANGKOK – The rise in the number of Thailand’s COVID-19 infections on SaturdayApril 25 by an additional 53 cases, has caused wide concern among citizens as new cases of infection had been around 10 cases a day since Monday April 20. Closer inspection of the figure however, reveals that 42 of the 53 cases are migrant workers. Meanwhile the latest update sees no new fatality.
Doctor Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesperson for the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has commented that Thailand’s update records 15 newly confirmed cases on Sunday 26th April. Their addition to the count results in a total to date of 2,922 infections. 47 patients have recently been cured, making the total number of cured patients 2,594. The total number of deaths remains at 51 as there were no new fatalities.
A breakdown of the 15 newly confirmed cases comprises 7 cases found in Bangkok, 4 of whom are in quarantine, while the rest returned from the United Arab Emirates; with 4 cases in Phuket, 2 in Yala, 1 in state quarantine and 1 in Chonburi returned from the Netherlands.
Most infections result from close contact with patients, followed by visiting areas at risk and some risky jobs. Other cases were identified by the proactive approach to finding new infections and from checkpoint screening of passengers on arrival from foreign countries.(NNT)