New COVID-19 infections in Thailand rebound to 111, with three deaths

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand yesterday reported new 111 cases of COVID-19, with three fatalities who are all foreigners, the government said.

Total infections were up to 2,369, with the death toll at 30.

A cluster infection of 42 members of a group of 76 Thais, returning from a religious event in Indonesia, has resulted in a rebound in Thailand’s daily new infections to 111, after 52 on Monday and 38 on Tuesday, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

One of the three fatalities was a Russian, who visited Phuket and developed symptoms as he was returning to Pattaya. His doctor advised him to stay at home, where he died on April 5.

The second victim was a 69-year diabetic Indian businessman. He was admitted for treatment at a hospital in Bangkok and was pronounced dead on Tuesday.

The third victim was a 69-year old American who suffered from chronic kidney disease. He was admitted for treatment at a hospital in Buri Ram province and died on Tuesday.

“Since all three victims were of foreign nationals, it is crucial that all overseas arrivals, including Thai nationals, be subjected to rigorous screening and observation,” said CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin at a news conference yesterday.

Using the latest graph of infections, Taweesin said that Phuket now ranks first in quickest infections with 33 per cent in every 100,000 of the population, compared to Bangkok’s 21.7 per cent, although Bangkok has the highest total confirmed cases at 1,223, followed by Nonthaburi province’s 141 cases and Phuket’s 140 cases.

People wearing face masks donate blood at the Thai Red Cross in Bangkok. PHOTO: AP