Sixth case of coronavirus in Thailand found in Hua Hin


HUA HIN — A Chinese tourist visiting the popular seaside town of Hua Hin has been confirmed as Thailand’s sixth case of coronavirus. 

The 73-year-old Chinese tourist arrived in Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport from Wuhan on January 19 before visiting Hua Hin. She was reported to be ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to the hospital on January 23.

The new case in Hua Hin brings the total coronavirus cases in Thailand to six.

All hotels in Hua Hin were instructed to check the passports of all Chinese tourists and to immediately report to health officials if any of them appear sick and develop symptoms associated with the new coronavirus pneumonia, said the report from Thai PBS world.

In an announcement issued yesterday (Saturday), district chief officer Thanon Panphipa said that the instruction was a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of the virus, because many Chinese tourists are visiting Hua Hin during the Chinese New Year festival, which started yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, will hold an urgent meeting today (Sunday) with senior officials from the ministries of Public Health, Transport and Tourism and Sports to discuss plans to limit the spread of new coronavirus in Thailand.

More preventative measures will then be submitted for cabinet approval on Tuesday.

Source: Thai PBS World | Thai Rath

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