Six more infections detected

Six more infections detected

Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Health Department, gives health protection advice to taxi drivers at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok on Tuesday. The number of people in Thailand found infected with the novel coronavirus has risen to 25, with eight treated and discharged. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)
Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, director-general of the Health Department, gives health protection advice to taxi drivers at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok on Tuesday. The number of people in Thailand found infected with the novel coronavirus has risen to 25, with eight treated and discharged. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

Six more people have been found to be infected with the novel coronavirus, four Thais and two Chinese tourists, Thai health officials said on Tuesday.

Dr Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Disease Control Department, told a press conference the four Thais included a couple who had just visited Japan. The two others were drivers who carried Chinese tourists in their vehicles.

Health authorities had contacted their Japanese counterparts seeking information related to the infected Thai tourists.

Dr Suwannachai said five of the six were recovering well and would be discharged from hospital when they were proved to be free of the virus.

The sixth and most recent patient had been moved from a private hospital to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute. He was dependant on a respirator as he was 70-years-old and infected with both the coronavirus and tuberculosis.

He was the driver of a hired van that took an elderly Chinese woman to Hua Hin, where she was receiving treatment for the infection in hospital and her health was improving.

The number of infections discovered in Thailand had now risen from 19 to 25. Eight had been treated and discharged and the other 17 were in hospitals.


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