By The Nation
Thailand’s total number of Covid-19 patients rose to 2,423, with 54 new cases confirmed over a 24-hour period -- one of the lowest in weeks -- and two more deaths, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Thursday (April 9).
The cases can be divided into four groups.
The first group of 22 had had close contacts with others previously confirmed as infected (mostly in Bangkok, 11)
The second group comprised 21 people of whom five had just returned from overseas (three Thais and two foreigners), eight were working in crowded areas or close to foreigners, four went to crowded areas, and four are medical staff.
The third group of six are being investigated on the source of the infection.
The last group of five had returned from Indonesia and are now under state quarantine in Pattani province.
Meanwhile, 52 people have fully recovered and returned home.
A 74-year-old French man died on April 7 in Chonburi province. He did not have any chronic disease but developed flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea. He was later found to be infected with Covid-19. He started to have difficulty breathing and needed a respirator on April 7. He died later that day.
An 82-year-old Thai man in Samut Prakan province who bad difficulty breathing died on Wednesday.
As of April 9, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,423-- 1,451 are under treatment, 940 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 32 deaths.
Globally, there are more than 1.48 million confirmed cases and around 88,000 deaths.