[Breaking] Thailand confirms 60 new cases of coronavirus; largest single day climb since outbreak began

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health said on Thursday that it had discovered 60 more coronavirus cases; the largest increase over a 24-hour period since the outbreak began in January.

The new cases brings the country’s total to 272 confirmed cases.

Among the new cases, 43 stemmed from a previously-known boxing match, entertainment venues in Bangkok and close proximity with known patients.

The 17 remaining cases came from returnees from abroad, a news reporter and a gym trainer.

“There has been a dramatic rise in cases but more than half of Thailand’s numbers can be traced to two events, a boxing match and a night of partying among friends,” said Dr Suwanchai Watanayingcharoenchai. “These people not only caught the disease but went back to their homes and their provinces and ignored our guidelines. They are putting the public at risk.

Partial shutdown across the country 

On Wednesday, the partial shutdown of Bangkok was enforced. Clubs, bars, sporting events, were shuttered until the end of March to help fight against the outbreak. Schools and Universities were closed indefinitely with classes moving online. 

The government said that it would leave the decision outside Bangkok for provincial governments to decide but already local governments seemed to be following suit. Phuket announced late Tuesday that it would close its entertainment venues. Other tourist areas are expected to join in the shutdown.

COVID-19

Government introduces new measures to combat pandemic but stops short of introducing curfews

The government announced new regulations on Friday to help stem the tide of the third wave of the pandemic...

Latest article

Government introduces new measures to combat pandemic but stops short of introducing curfews

The government announced new regulations on Friday to help stem the tide of the third wave of the pandemic which has infected thousands across...

American academic has work permit terminated by Thai government

A foreign scholar, who wrote about politics and the lese-majeste law in Thailand, had his work-permit revoked on Friday after security officials had earlier...

Third wave not expected to subside until June

Internal discussions within the government and the public health ministry suggest that the current wave of the pandemic will not be brought under control...

Opinion: A school banned ‘abnormal’ sexualities so I filed a lawsuit

In 2015, the Thai legislative body passed the Gender Equality Act which outlaws discrimination based on sexes (including sexual orientation). The bill has garnered...

Opinion: Spare a thought for our friends in jail during the holidays

If we think back to the last year at Siam Square when the government deployed water cannons against high school students, we can remember...