[UPDATE-1] Thailand discovers five new cases of coronavirus in state quarantine on Thursday

Thailand’s government said on Thursday that it had discovered five new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, all in state quarantine. 

This is 45th straight day of no new locally transmitted case in the country.

The new discoveries bring the total number of cases up to 3,202 cases.

There are no new fatalities leaving the death toll at 58.

There are 11 new recoveries from the virus leaving the total number of discharged patients at 3,085 cases. 

59 patients remain in hospitals.

State quarantine

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesperson for the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), said that four of the five new cases were Thai adults arriving from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

They entered state quarantine on July 2 before testing positive for the coronavirus on July 7. Neither of them had shown any signs of infection prior to the mandatory testing.

The fifth patient is a university student, 22, flying back from Egypt.   

Dr Taweesin said that most of the cases that have been found in the past two months (around 60 per cent) are showing fewer signs of infection such as loss of taste and smell. In comparison, patients at the beginning of the outbreak had high temperatures and a persistent cough.

There are now 37,924 Thai returnees since the mandatory state quarantine came into effect on April 3. It will last until July 9.

Since then, there have been 265 confirmed cases found in state quarantine.

The majority are workers and students returning from Indonesia (26.4 per cent of the total confirmed cases in quarantine), Kuwait (16.6 per cent), Saudi Arabia (10.6 per cent), India (8.3 per cent) and UAE (7.9 per cent).

Global situation

More than 12 million confirmed coronavirus cases have been found globally as of Thursday and more than 7 million people have recovered.

There have been 550,000 coronavirus fatalities overall.

The most single-day figure was recorded on July 9 with 214,892 cases globally, a new high compared to the previous record of 212,326 on July 5.

The top five countries with the highest number of confirmed cases include:

1.     USA – 3.16 million cases / more than 61,000 recorded on Thursday
2.     Brazil – 1.72 million / 41,000
3.     India – 769,000 / 25,000
4.     Russia – 700,000 / 6,500
5.     Peru – 312,000 / 3,600

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