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Thursday: 54 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

Navy sailors donate blood at the Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok on Thursday, as the number of local cases of Covid-19 rose by 54 to 2,423. (Photo supplied)

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The government on Thursday reported 54 new local cases of Covid-19, raising the total to 2,423 spread over 67 provinces, and two new deaths - a Thai man, 82, and a Frenchman, 74 - that increased the toll to 32.

Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said the Frenchman had no chronic disease. He fell sick on March 27 with a fever, cough, exhaustion and abdominal pain.

The dead Thai man fell sick on March 25 with a fever of 38.5°C and was treated at a hospital in Samut Prakan province. On March 30 he was exhausted, needed a ventilator and became unconscious. He died on Wednesday.

Dr Taweesin said the 54 new cases included 22 people in close contact with previous patients, and 11 of them were in Bangkok.

Other cases involved eight people working in crowded places or closely with foreigners and five quarantined people in Pattani province who had returned from Indonesia.

Others were four visitors to crowded places, four medical personnel, three returnees and two foreign visitors. Six other cases were under investigation.

So far 80 medical officials were infected and formed 3.4% of all local Covid-19 cases. 

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Vocabulary:

abdominal (adj): involving the part of your body between your chest and legs which contains your stomach and other organs - ช่องท้อง (ช่องพระนาภี)

chronic (adj): (of a disease, pain or problem) serious and lasting for a long time - เป็นประจำ

cough : forcing air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold - การไอ

exhaustion (noun): the state of being very tired - ความเหนื่อยอ่อน, ความอ่อนเพลีย, การหมดแรง

medical : connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์

personnel : the people who are employed in a company, organization or one of the armed forces - บุคลากร, เจ้าหน้าที่, พนักงาน

returnee : someone who is "returning" to some place -

unconscious  : in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury - หมดสติ

ventilator (noun): a piece of equipment with a pump that helps somebody to breathe by sending air in and out of their lungs - เครื่องช่วยหายใจ

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