By THE NATION
“The latest infected patient is a Thai man aged 21, who has been exposed to foreign tourists,” said Dr Sukhum Kanjanapimai, permanent secretary at the Public Health Ministry. “He is being treated in isolation at Nopparat Ratchathani Hospital in Bangkok.”
The discovery of a new patient brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Thailand to 42. “The number of confirmed infected patients in Thailand currently under hospital care is 14, while 28 have fully recovered and been discharged,” added Sukhum.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul added that his ministry is planning to give away sanitary face masks on Monday (March 2) at the offices of nine departments under the ministry. “We will give away three face masks per person to alleviate the short supply problem,” he said. “Please be socially responsible and do not take them to sell to others. Also refrain from taking the free masks if you can afford to buy your own.”
Covid-19 has been labelled a dangerous contagious disease and will take effect on Sunday (March 1), according to a Public Health Ministry announcement in the Royal Gazette on Saturday.