By The Nation
He said Friday's number was close to Thursday's 13 -- the least number of new cases in a month since the peak of 188 on March 22.
The number of fatalities remained at 50, while 2,490 patients have recovered and returned to their homes and 314 are undergoing treatment in hospitals. Cumulative cases since the outbreak reached 2,854.
In the last two weeks, new cases have been generally on a downward trend.
On April 9 there were 54 new cases, 50 on April 10, 45 on April 11, 33 on April 12, 28 on April 13, 34 on April 14, 30 on April 15, 29 on April 16 ,28 on April 17, 33 on April 18, 32 April 19, 27 on April 22, 19 on April 21 and 15 on April 22 and 13 on Thursday.
The cases can be divided into two groups.
The first group of 11 had close contact with nine others previously confirmed as infected, one visited crowded areas, and one had returned from overseas.
The second group comprised four people in Yala who tested positive during house inspection by health officers.
Meanwhile, 60 people have fully recovered and returned to their homes. Eighty-seven per cent, or 2,490, of the total number of patients, have been discharged from hospitals as of now
Of 15 new cases, four each are from Bangkok, Phuket and Yala, and one each in Pathum Thani, Songkhla and Samut Prakan.
As of April 24, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 2,854 -- 314 are under treatment, 2,490 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 50 deaths.
Globally, there are more than 2.7 million confirmed cases and around 190,000 deaths