Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health announced 11 new confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus at its press briefing on Thursday. The new cases bring the total of confirmed cases in Thailand to 70.
Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai, Deputy Ministry of health, reported that on Feb 21 in Bangkok a group of 15 Thais had met with a group of friends visiting from Hong Kong and socialised during their time here, sharing drinks and cigarettes. It transpired that four days later, 11 of the 15 developed symptoms such as fever, chills, headache and coughing fits. They went to hospital to be checked and were subsequently confirmed as having the virus. The Ministry confirmed that five of the group are male and six female, all in the 25-38 age range.
The ministry said the new patients were found infected in a cluster, the first since the virus struck the country in January.
Thirty-four of Thailand’s patients have been discharged, with 24 still in hospital, one of them in serious condition at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.