BANGKOK, March 12 — Thailand today confirmed 11 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s tally to 70.
Thai Public Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai said all of the new cases had shared drinks and cigarettes on two occasions.
Tha authority has identified a tourist from Hong Kong as the source of the new cluster, he told a news conference here today.
He said the tourist had traveled alone to Bangkok on Feb 21 and was down with fever and cough four days later.
“Before flying home, the tourist had met with a group of friends, 15 of them, on two occasions on Feb 27 and 29,” he said.
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He said beginning March 4, the friends started to fall sick and they had sought treatment at private hospitals where 11 of them tested positive for COVID-19 while another four were tested negative.
The infected individuals are all Thai nationals, comprising six females and five males, aged between 25 and 38 years old.
Sukhum said families and friends of the individuals, however, were tested negative for COVID-19.
To date, Thailand recorded 70 COVID-19 cases with one fatality. A total of 35 patients have been discharged from hospitals and 34 are still being treated.
Source : BERNAMA