[UPDATE-1] Thailand discovers one new case of coronavirus in state quarantine on Wednesday

Thailand’s government said on Wednesday that it had discovered one case of coronavirus in the last 24 hours in state quarantine.

The new patient is a Thai returnee from the US. 

The new discoveries bring the total number of cases up to 3,298 cases.

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

There was no new recovery in the past 24 hours. The total number of discharged patients is still at 3,111. 

Currently, 129 people remain in hospital.

Global situation

There are nearly 17 million confirmed coronavirus cases globally.

More than 10.4 million people (62 per cent) have recovered from the infection and approximately 663,000 (4 per cent) have died from the disease.

There are now 66,000 people being treated as severe cases.

In the US alone, there were 4.5 million confirmed cases, followed by nearly 2.5 million in Brazil and 1.5 million in India.

On Wednesday, it was reported that 248,909 cases were found globally with the highest concentration of cases in the US (64,933), Brazil (41,169), and India (49,632).

Dr Tanarak Plipat, the deputy director-general of the Disease Control Department (DCD), said at the current rate, about 1 million coronavirus cases will be found globally every 4-5 days.

“This is a very rapid rate of increase,” he said.

He added that new cases are now being rediscovered in cities that have been declared COVID-free for quite some time including Beijing and Danang.

Around 80,000 people, mostly tourists, are also being evacuated out of Danang after 22 cases were found in and around the city, the Vietnamese government said on Monday.

However, Vietnam also suspended flights to and from the city for 15 days on Tuesday, while 18,000 tourists returned from Danang to Ho Chi Minh City on the same day, its officials said.

Dr Tanarak said the cases in Beijing and Danang are being studied by the DCD to find out how they started and how other countries are coping with a possible second wave in their cities.

“We know it is impossible to have zero local transmission forever,” he said. “But our goal is to limit the spread at much as possible when it happens in order to reduce its impacts on society and the economy.”

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