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Virus numbers stable, recoveries continue

Feb 13. 2020
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By THE NATION

Another victim of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Thailand has fully recovered and been discharged, the Department of Disease Control reported on Thursday (February 13).

“The number of cases remains the same at 33,” director-general Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai said.

“The number of confirmed infected patients currently under hospital care is 21, while 12 have fully recovered and been discharged, the latest being a male Chinese national.”

Suwanchai announced that the Public Health Ministry, Chiang Mai University and the National Research Council of Thailand had developed an online self-screening program people can use if they think they might be infected. It’s a questionnaire available in Thai, Chinese and English at http://sescimande.net/Self-Screening.

On completion of the questionnaire, the user is classified as either “no risk”, “medium risk” or “high risk”. A recommended course of action is provided for each category.

Dr Thanarak Phaliphat, the department’s deputy director-general, said it might expand mandatory screening procedures to include people arriving from Singapore and Hong Kong, where infections are on the rise at an accelerated rate.

“We are closely monitoring the situation in both locations and if the numbers continue to rise at this rate in the next few days, we will increase the screening level for people coming from there,” he said.

Thanarak said that, as an extra precaution, surveillance would be intensified for anyone in tourist-popular provinces like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi and Chonburi who has contracted pneumonia without apparent reason.

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