Health ministry confirms four cases of coronavirus in Thailand


BANGKOK – There are now four confirmed cases of coronavirus infection found in Thailand – three Chinese tourists and one Thai, according to reports.

On Wednesday, the Public Health Ministry confirmed that the 73-year old woman returning from Wuhan, China late last year was the first Thai woman to be contaminated with coronavirus.

According to reports, airport health authorities discovered that the woman was ill upon her return from the Chinese City of Wuhan. The woman is still being treated at a hospital in Nakhon Pathom.

The Department of Disease Control also announced on Wednesday that the second Chinese tourist found to be infected with the virus has been declared cured and has returned home on Tuesday.

Dr Sophon Iamsirithavorn, the director, told Bangkok Post that the 74-year-old Chinese woman arrived in Thailand from Wuhan on Jan 13. She was quarantined on arrival with a fever and tests confirmed she was carrying the 2019-nCoV virus.

“She had since been declared free of the infection and had returned home to China on Tuesday, Dr Sophon said.

The Public Health Ministry assures the public that necessary preventive measures are in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Lorenzo is a full time English Language Teacher to high school students in Phitsanulok. He reads and travels for self-enrichment. He also writes at where he shares his struggles and joys of being a teacher in Thailand for almost a decade now.