Thailand discovers 28 more coronavirus cases; markets buoyed by possible cure

Thailand’s government said on Friday that it had discovered 28 new coronavirus infections bringing the total number of infected to 2,700.

Only 964 patients remain in hospital, the first time in weeks that the number has fallen below 1,000 patients, according to the government.

There was 1 new fatality bringing the death toll to 47.

96 more patients have recovered from the virus bringing the total number of discharged patients to 1,689.

“The low numbers can be attributed to the efforts of us all,” said government spokesman Thaweesin Visanuyothin. “It is something to be encouraged by and be happy about.”

Markets Buoyed

The US stock market futures rose by 3 per cent after news that a coronavirus drug had shown positive results in clinical time, according to the Financial Times.

A study at the University of Chicago showed that a Gilead coronavirus drug had induced rapid recoveries in the majority of severely ill patients that were administered the drug.

Gilead, however, urged caution on the part of the public saying that the “totality of the data” needs to be analyzed before any conclusions should be drawn from the study.

Trucks banned from Bangkok

The government has banned all trucks from operating in Bangkok while the State of Emergency in place including four wheels, six wheels and ten wheel trucks.

The order said that the move was to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to safeguard the citizens of Bangkok which continue to be the largest site of the outbreak.

A Thai Enquirer special report found that construction sites in Bangkok were still active.

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