Thailand records 102 new COVID-19 cases

BANGKOK (XINHUA) – Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said 102 new infections of COVID-19 were reported in the country yesterday.

“New COVID-19 infections in Thailand increased by 102 from Saturday’s 89, bringing total infections in the country to 2,169 to date,” said spokesman of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) Dr Thaveesilp Wissanuyothin. “The death toll increased by three to 23, while full recoveries rose to 674, with 1,472 patients still in hospital.”

Yesterday’s report indicated that one of the three fatalities was a 46-year old Thai man, who returned from a visit to Britain.

The second, an 82-year-old Swiss man, who had heart disease and high blood pressure, visited entertainment venues two weeks ago.

The third fatality was a 30-year-old Thai construction worker from Northeast Thailand who had a history of regular drinking.

Thaveesilp said 158 Thais who returned from abroad recently but refused to enter official quarantine facilities, have now reported to authorities.

Meanwhile, Thai police reported that since the 10pm-4am curfew imposed on Friday, 325 violators have been prosecuted and 375 were given warnings.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha did not specify when the curfew would be lifted.

The Thai government invoked a nationwide state of emergency a week ago. Strict measures, such as prohibitions on public assembly and hoarding of goods, were imposed to reduce contact between people and ensure supplies. The emergency decree is effective until April 30, but it could be extended depending on the epidemic situation.

Passengers sit in a bus wearing protective face masks in Bangkok, Thailand. PHOTO: AP