Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said on Thursday that the number of local infections has outpaced those found through the government’s contact tracing programs in migrant worker populations for the first time.
Thailand has been gripped by a second wave of coronavirus infections for weeks with the outbreak beginning in migrant workers traveling illegally into the country through human trafficking networks.
For the first time since the second wave began, the number of local infections in the general public rose above the number of cases found through contact tracing in migrant worker populations.
“It shows that we cannot rest easily because the number of local infection cases today is quite high,” said government spokesman Thaweesin Visanuyothin.
Thailand’s government said that in the past 24 hours it had discovered 142 new coronavirus cases with 88 cases in the general public and 37 cases through contact tracing. The remaining 17 were found in the general public.
Samut Sakhon, the initial site of the outbreak, continues to see the highest number of infections with 92. Bangkok was second with 16 reported infections.
Chiang Rai became the latest province to report an infection with 63 provinces now reporting positive cases.