Wednesday: no new Covid cases for the first time

Wednesday: no new Covid cases for the first time

Safe distancing is the norm, as people queue to receive assistance packages at Wat Rakhang Khositaram in Bangkok on Wednesday morning, when the government announced there were no new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hours. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)
Safe distancing is the norm, as people queue to receive assistance packages at Wat Rakhang Khositaram in Bangkok on Wednesday morning, when the government announced there were no new Covid-19 cases over the previous 24 hours. (Photo: Chanat Katanyu)

There were no new infections of Covid-19 reported in Thailand on Wednesday, for the first time since the pandemic began to spread here, and no new deaths.

Dr Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman for the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Wednesday morning that the total number of cases remained at 3,017 and the death toll at 56.

"I am happy, along with everyone who has contributed to disease control. We have been doing better since the reopening of business started on May 3," he said.

Since May 3, the number of new Covid-19 cases reported daily had been in single figures, except for 18 on May 4, he said.

"Actually May 4 was the first day when Thailand did not have a new case of local infection because the 18 cases found on that day came from quarantine facilities. The no-case announcement today makes the zero-case status official," Dr Taweesilp said.

He encouraged people to keep taking disease control precautions, mainly through hand washing, using face masks, social distancing and cleaning, to maintain the zero-case situation.

"We can relax, but cannot be reckless... Please keep to the new-normal practices. Finally, we may be among the first countries able to end the hardship brought by this disease," he said.

Vocabulary

  • contribute: to be a part of a group or an activity and help it to be successful - สนับสนุน
  • death toll: the number of people killed - ยอดผู้เสียชีวิต
  • precaution: an action taken to protect people or things against possible harm or trouble - การป้องกันไว้ก่อน
  • quarantine (noun): a situation in which a person or animal that might have a disease is kept separate from other people or animals so that they do not catch the disease - การกักบริเวณ, การจำกัดบริเวณ
  • reckless: not thinking about the possible bad effects of your actions - สะเพร่า
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
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