By The Nation
CCSA spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin apologised to Thais again for not fully reporting on the first announcement of a case involving a foreigner on Monday and also read the apology letter from the Egyptian embassy.
Of the new cases, a 33-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman had returned from the UAE, a 27-year-old student who had a history of being in close contact with patients had returned from Egypt, and a 51-year-old woman with fever symptoms had returned from the US.
Meanwhile, three patients recovered fully and returned home.
As of July 16, the total number of confirmed cases in the country stood at 3,236 (299 found in state quarantine) -- 83 are under treatment, 3,095 have recovered and been discharged, and there have been 58 deaths.
Globally, the total number of confirmed cases passed 13.6 million, up by 234,000 on Wednesday; 8 million have recovered while deaths stood at 586,000. Thailand is 100th among countries with most number of cases in the world; the US has the highest number, followed by Brazil and India.
Updating on the case of the Sudanese ambassador’s daughter, Dr Taweesin said that 16 people had used the same elevator but they had all tested negative.
Meanwhile, in the case of the Egyptian soldier’s case, a taxi driver has reported himself to the health officer since he didn’t actually drive the soldier to the mall but talked to them for five minutes.
He said the total number of people in Rayong who had been tested could be divided into: 12 high-risk close contacts, all of whom have tested negative: people registered with ThaiChana or signed guest books (medium risk); 886 people went to Laem Thong department store and 447 people had visited Rayong Central mall -- all are negative. All the 267 people who lived in the area of the One-X condominium, where the Sudanese family stayed, had been tested and found to be negative.
Meanwhile, 1,252 people who were concerned and went to test on July 15 at mobile labs are awaiting results.
At the end of the brief conference, he warned Thais about influenza and dengue fever and urged them to take care of themselves by following a healthy lifestyle.
He also said that Rayong people can now go to both Rayong Central mall and Laem Thong department store since they have been disinfected and were closed for comprehensive cleaning after the news.