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Confirmed infection tally rises to 47

Mar 05. 2020
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By The Nation

The number of confirmed Covid-19 virus infections in Thailand jumped to 47 overnight with the announcement on Thursday (March 5) that four more cases had been detected, including two Thais recently returned from overseas.

Dr Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Disease Control, said the four additions bring to 15 the number of people bring treated in medical facilities, while 31 have recovered and there has been one death.

The outlook for those still under treatment is good, he said, including one “severe” case at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Disease Institute who has tested negative for the virus but has been advised to remain under medical supervision.

The four newest victims:

• Italian male, 29, arrived from Italy on March 1 and was treated at a private hospital on March 2 for fever and cough and then transferred to Chon Buri Hospital

• Thai male, 42, arrived from Italy on March 2, treated at a private hospital in Chon Buri the next day for fever, cough and sore throat

• Chinese male, 22, a student, arrived from Iran on March 1 for a connecting flight home, found at the Suvarnabhumi Airport screening checkpoint to have fever, cough and sneezing and taken to Bamrasnaradura Institute

• Thai male, 20, a student, arrived from Iran on February 27, treated at a hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat on March 2 for fever and sneezing.

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