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Nine new cases found in state quarantine

May 27. 2020
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By The Nation

There were nine new cases of Covid-19 over a 24-hour period, Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman of the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, said on Wednesday (May 27).

The total number of Covid-19 patients since the outbreak increased to 3,054.

Of the nine cases, two had returned from the US. The two males aged 18 and 27 had flown back on May 12 and were found to carry Covid-19 on May 26, on the last day of their state quarantine. Both were asymptomatic.

Six students aged 23-33 had returned from Saudi Arabia. They first flew to Malaysia and then transferred to the Padang Besar border checkpoint.

Officials of both countries suspect that the checkpoint now is a Covid-19 hotspot and should be closed for sanitation. Four of the patients had high fever and cough while two were asymptomatic.

A 34-year-old male masseuse returned from Qatar on May 22 and had high fever, coughing, and could not smell during state quarantine. He tested positive for Covid-19 on May 25.

Dr Taweesin asked Thai people in Malaysia to hurry up if they wanted to return home as the checkpoint was likely to be temporarily closed soon.

Meanwhile, two patients have fully recovered and returned home.

As of May 27, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 3,054 -- 66 are under treatment, 2,931 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 57 deaths.

Globally, the total number of confirmed cases is around 5.5 million with about 350,000 deaths.

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