[Update-1] Thailand announces 136 additional covid-19 cases; total at 1,524

Thailand’s government announced 136 new coronavirus cases on Monday bringing the total number of cases to 1,524.

The government also announced 2 more deaths bringing the death toll to 9 fatalities.

16 more patients have been discharged meaning that 127 people have beaten the virus.

The majority of cases were concentrated in Bangkok and Nonthaburi but the disease has now spread to 59 provinces.

According to government spokesman, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, provinces the government was scrutinizing due to a jump in coronavirus cases were Phuket, Yala, Pattani, Cholburi, Ubol Ratchathani, and Sa Kaeo.

Phuket’s governor made the decision to close the province on Monday morning.

All land and sea entry points were shut at 12:01 AM on Monday until April 30 with the only exceptions being trucks transporting supplies and commercial vessels. Crews from commercial vessels must remain on board while docking.

Medical Supplies

The government also said on Monday that the country had adequate supplies of medical equipment so far but would be looking into procuring more supplies.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson Natapanu Nopakun said that due to the ongoing crisis around the world, global supplies were running low.

Natapanu said that the prime minister and the health ministry were looking for ways to get more equipment for healthcare professionals.

Respecting our frontline

Bangkok residents joined together at 8 pm on Sunday to applaud healthcare workers as the country continues its fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Bangkok residents were urged to stand outside their house or applaud from their balconies to show their appreciation for healthcare professionals on the front line.

At least 9 doctors and nurses have contracted coronavirus to date.

Worldwide increase

The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide now stands at 722,510 with 33,983 deaths.

The United States has surpassed all countries and is now the site of the most infections with 142,224 cases as of Monday morning. President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to reopen the economy by Easter and is now saying that the country must practice self isolation until the end of April.

Italy remains the site of the most fatalities with 10,779 deaths. Spain has also increased its death toll to 6,803.

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