Thailand announces 188 new coronavirus patients; second day of record-breaking number of cases

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health on Sunday announced 188 new cases of coronavirus bringing the total number of infected to 599 people.

It is the second straight day that the 24-hour record was broken.

According to Dr Visin Visinayothin, the majority of cases were still in Bangkok. Of the 188 new cases, 108 were still in the investigation stage with the ministry talking to the patients about possible places they could have contracted the virus.

15 were new cases while the remaining were related to previously known outbreak events including a boxing match and entertainment venues in Bangkok.

“We are asking the Thai people to not travel back to their home provinces and to stay at your residence wherever you are,” said Dr Visin. “We do not need people to spread the disease back to your loved ones all over the country.”

Malls closed

Sunday was the first day of new shutdown orders by Bangkok’s Governor Asawin Kwanmuang and the Coronavirus Outbreak Action Committee.

Malls, markets, and other places where people gathered were ordered shut until April 12 with only supermarkets, pharmacies, and takeaway restaurants allowed to stay open.

Among the stores and shops that were closed were internet cafes, spas, golf courses, driving ranges, massage parlors and more.

The surrounding provinces which make up the Greater Bangkok Area including Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, and Samut Sakhon said they would also follow the shutdown orders.

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