Thailand discovers 18 new coronavirus infections; government says 40 cases in Yala still unconfirmed

Thailand’s government said on Monday that it had discovered 18 new coronavirus infections bringing the total number of infected to 2,987.

All new infections were migrants in a migrant detention center in Songkhla province.

Seventeen of the new infections were women between the ages of 13-22 years of age and a 10-year-old boy.

For more on Thailand’s treatment of migrants and immigration detention centers: Read here.

There were no new fatalities with the death toll still at 54. One more patient has recovered from the virus bringing the total number of discharged patients to 2,740.

The government said on Monday that it had tested 227,860 samples, up from 178,083 samples it announced last Monday.

Clarifying reports from Yala

Thai media reported on Monday that there were 40 new cases of coronavirus cases in Yala province in Thailand’s deep south. Local media reported that the cases stemmed from a wedding ceremony in Malaysia.

Thai government spokesman Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin said on Monday that samples from the 40 people have tested positive in one local medical lab and negative in another. Therefore the samples will be tested in a national science laboratory to determine the truth.

“Rest assured that when we find out the truth, we will not hide it from the public,” said Dr Thaweesin Visanuyothin. “As of right now we cannot confirm that they have coronavirus.”


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