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Thailand reports 60 new COVID-19 cases: Health official

Thailand reports 60 new COVID-19 cases: Health official

A Buddhist monk check temperture of a visitor at Wat Pho temple as prevention after the coronavirus outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer

BANGKOK: Thailand recorded 60 new coronavirus cases in the biggest daily jump in the number of cases so far to take its total infections to 272, a health official said on Thursday (Mar 19).

Thailand has recorded a large jump in the number of infections this week which the health authority has divided into new imported cases and those with connection to earlier cases.

Thursday's cases fall into two groups, the first consists of 43 cases linked to earlier cases, while the second group involves 17 new patients including arrivals from countries such as Italy, Malaysia, Japan, Iran and Taiwan, Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of Department of Disease Control at the Ministry of Health, told a news conference.

The rise in the number of infections has led the government to close down schools, universities, and entertainment venues around the country which started to take effect on Wednesday.

Thailand has recorded one death since the outbreak, with 42 patients having recovered and gone home and 229 still being treated in hospital.

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Source: Reuters/nh

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