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Sole Thai with coronavirus recovers, goes home

Jan 24. 2020
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By The Nation

The only Thai known to have been infected with the novel coronavirus has fully recovered and returned home, Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Sukhum Karnchanapimai reported on Friday (January 24). 

The 73-year-old woman had tested negative for the virus two days in a row at Nakhon Pathom Hospital.

Dr Sukhum said the ministry had intensified all precautions for the duration of the Chinese New Year Festival through Monday, including screening airline passengers arriving from high-risk locales at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Krabi airports. 

It’s estimated that 21,400 passengers arriving on 136 flights will undergo thermal screening. 

Anyone showing a fever will be taken aside and given a facemask before their temperature is taken again. 

Anyone with a fever and respiratory symptoms will be taken by ambulance to a hospital with quarantine facilities until they can be repatriated.

All arriving Chinese tourists will receive a health warning card advising them to seek admission to hospital should they fall ill. 

Sukhum said the ministry had asked tour companies and tour guides to help monitor the situation and to notify medical authorities about any customers showing suspicious symptoms.

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