39 new domestic cases reported in past 24 hours, more results awaited
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday reported 46 new cases over a 24-hour period, 39 domestic ones and seven in quarantine.
Spokesman Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin apologised that Wednesday’s report wasn't comprehensive enough as test results were awaited in more cases. The Department of Disease Control would report the results around 4pm, he added.
There were 39 domestic cases in the past 24 hours – Bangkok 11, Chachoengsao 5, Nakhon Pathom 3, Kamphaeng Phet 2, Tak 2, Prachin Buri 2, Ayutthaya 2, Samut Prakan 2, Saraburi 2, Petchabun 1, Krabi 1, Khon Kaen 1, Nakhon Ratchasima 1, Nonthaburi 1, Pathum Thani 1, Phuket 1, and Suphan Buri 1.
Meanwhile, five Thais and two foreigner tested positive in quarantine.
The new cases under quarantine comprise one Thai who had returned from the United Kingdom, one from Bahrain, one from Myanmar, one from Russia and one from the United States, as well as a British man and a Pakistani businessman who travelled from their respective countries.
Meanwhile, 17 patients have recovered and been discharged.
As of Wednesday morning, the number of confirmed cases in Thailand has increased to 5,762 (1,394 in quarantine and 1,273 from active case findings). Of these, 1,607 are in hospital and ad-hoc quarantine facilities and 4,095 have recovered and been discharged. The death toll remains at 60.
Dr Taweesin said the government would take care of migrant workers, who have “helped the Thai economy and the business sector”.
He said the CCSA would hold a meeting on Thursday to consider measures to control migrant workers and apply laws so these workers have better access to healthcare and welfare.
“I want everyone to view them [Myanmar workers] as family. They have been helping us in driving our economy for a very long time. When family members are sick, we have to take care of them. Don’t hesitate to help by donating or providing necessities since they are living in hard times,” he told Wednesday’s press conference.
He also advised everyone to wear a mask, keep clean and abide by the social distancing practice.
According to Worldometer, as of 10am, the number of confirmed global cases has increased to 78.36 million (rising by 604,973). Of these, 55.12 million have recovered, while 21.51 million are active cases (106,353 in severe condition) and 1.72 million have died (an increase of 13,180).
Thailand ranks 144th for most cases in the world, while the US has the most number with 18.68 million, followed by India 10.09 million, Brazil 7.32 million, Russia 2.9 million and France 2.49 million.