Thailand discovers 14 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, including three who illegally re-entered the Kingdom

Thailand’s government said on Sunday that it had discovered 14 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. This includes three more people who illegally re-entered the Kingdom. 

The three new cases were found in Tak and Bangkok with the Ministry of Public Health reporting that at least 15 people may have come into contact with the illegal returnees in the capital. 

Last month, ten Thai women snuck back into the country from Tachileik in Myanmar to Mae Sai in Chiang Rai between November 23 and 27. They then travelled to the rest of the country before testing positive for the virus. 

The Ministry of Public Health said last week that up to 699 people have come into contact with the ten women. 

So far, two people who have come into contact with them have tested positive for the virus in Chiang Rai and Singburi.

The ten women are also known to have travelled to five other provinces including Chiang Mai, Phayao, Phichit, Ratchaburi and Bangkok.

Chiang Rai has so far reported 19 confirmed cases that are related to people returning from Tachileik. Of that, 14 were found in quarantine with the other five being illegal returnees. All 19 have either visited or worked at one hotel, the 1G1-7. 

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, head of the Communicable Disease Division, said this development still cannot be count as a second wave of coronavirus cases in Thailand.

“We are not at that level yet,” he said.

Another local case was also found on Sunday but it was unrelated to the returnees as it was a worker in an alternate state quarantine who contracted the disease. 

The 14 new discoveries bring the total number of cases up to 4,086. There were no new fatalities leaving the death toll at 60.

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